Biotechnology (& by implication GM technology) has NOT been with us since agriculture began

2 Dec

kenneth quin world food prize presidentThis canard, repeated yet again by Kenneth Quin, president of the World Food Prize, is being challenged, because if an untruth is repeated often enough it is believed. In some cases this has happened.

We set aside the questionable practice of awarding a prize to employees of the sponsors (below) – a practice usually outlawed – and all the other untruths vested interests voice about GM technology, which are ably exposed elsewhere.

GM technology is radically different

GM technology is often used to introduce into plants an exogenous or ‘outside’ gene from bacteria, viruses or even an animal species (e.g. DNA Plant Technology’s fish genes spliced into tomatoes) – transgenesis.

The age-old bio-engineering practice manually transfers genes between closely related organisms which could interbreed naturally.

The World Food Prize was first funded by General Foods. 1990-2010, the prize was sponsored by the late John Ruan. It is now sponsored by food and agriculture companies, as well as other donors and grant-awarding institutions. Donors include Nestlé, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Syngenta, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, DuPont Pioneer. In 2008, Monsanto gave five millions of dollars to the World Food Prize for the renovation of the organization’s headquarters.The prize is also sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.


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