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Monsanto Executive Wins World Food Prize 271

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sfcrazy writes "A top Monsanto executive has won the prestigious World Food Prize. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the award where Robert T. Fraley, the executive vice president and CTO of Monsanto, won the prize along with two other scientists from Belgium and the US. The award was given for devising a method to insert genes from another organism into plant cells, which could produce new genetic lines with highly favorable traits."
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Monsanto Executive Wins World Food Prize

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  • Re:Proofreading? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @09:31PM (#44056415) Homepage Journal

    It is Monsanto. "Sell" isn't exactly wrong.

    True dat.

    The award was given for devising a method to insert genes from another organism into plant sell, which could produce new genetic lines with highly favorable traits.

    What's missing is the next bit, which should be something like this: "And then ream everyone in court who tries to keep some seed and use it to replant. Also, investigate, harass, litigate and otherwise bully Monsanto even suspects of using some of their "Genetic Property". Also, lobby for legislation which requires food aid from the US to be GMO crops and any seed giving to developing nations through US aid to be their property, so they can come knockin' later when that country's farmers prosper a bit and the native seed banks are all but extinct."

    Well done them.

  • by turp182 (1020263) on Thursday June 20, 2013 @08:15AM (#44059307) Journal

    I would be interesting if Monsanto was also working on insects/plants that can defeat their products as they come off of patent protection...

    Of course nature is doing this already (for patent protected products), Roundup resistant weeds are spreading very quickly it appears (25% expansion in 2011, 51% in 2012, per the link):
    http://farmindustrynews.com/herbicides/glyphosate-resistant-weed-problem-extends-more-species-more-farms [farmindustrynews.com]

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