Three GMO pioneers win World Food Prize
Three pioneers in the development of genetically modified crops have been named as this year's joint winners of the World Food Prize. Dr Mary-Dell Chilton is the founder and distinguished fellow of Syngenta Biotechnology, Dr Robert Fraley is the executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Monsanto, and Dr Marc Van Montagu is the founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium. "These three scientists are being recognised for their independent, individual breakthrough achievements in founding, developing and applying modern agricultural biotechnology," says the president of the World Food Prize, Kenneth Quinn. "Their research is making it possible for farmers to grow crops with improved yields, resistance to insects and disease, and the ability to tolerate extreme variations in climate," he adds. The Prize will be awarded at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, US on October 17th.