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Monsanto executive gets Nobel Prize for food and agriculture

sfcrazy (1542989) writes | about a year ago

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sfcrazy (1542989) 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. What's next Gaddafi to get the Nobel prize for world peace?"
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It's opposite land (1)

fireman sam (662213) | about a year ago | (#44054057)

We had a war monger receive the Nobel peace prize and now the destroyer of natural foods given the Nobel prize for food and agriculture. WTF!??

Oh... that and hot snow falls up.

Re:It's opposite land (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about a year ago | (#44055877)

Perhaps you are a little unsure of some basic science. Almost all the food you eat has been genetically modified over thousands of years. What you might think of as natural didn't exist even 1000 years ago in its present form.

GMO food has two differences from selectively-bred food. One, it selects the genes in question extremely precisely, where breeding is hit or miss, choosing all the gene changes as a group when only one or a few are what is wanted. This is like writing a book by choosing random words from the dictionary, but claiming to be selective by limiting your choice to all but ten random pages.

Two, it happens much much faster. What might take thousands of generations and ten thousand years now takes only a few years.

Do you build houses by throwing trees, rocks, and other raw material in thousands of piles and choosing the bets one? That's what natural breeding does.

Anyone who opposes GMO as not being "natural" is scientifically illiterate.

No, he did not (1)

fey000 (1374173) | about a year ago | (#44054243)

Check your title. He did not win a Nobel Prize, he won the World Food Prize. These are not the same. The hint is that one is called a Nobel Prize, and the other is not.

Re:No, he did not (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | about a year ago | (#44055831)

It's poorly worded. It's meant as in "the Nobel Prize equivalent for food and agriculture". Really poorly worded.

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