Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Peace Prize’) in 2005 and is a Councillor with the World Future Council, a respected, independent body founded in Hamburg that ’speaks on behalf of policy solutions that serve the interests of future generations’.
In a media release today, the World Future Council states, “81 Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and Members of the World Future Council condemn the selection of GMO scientists and biotech company executives as winners of the World Food Prize. On June 19th, the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize were announced. The prize went to three executives of biotech companies, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief technology officer, Robert Fraley.”
Their statement says, “The choice of the 2013 World Food Prize is an affront to the growing international consensus on safe, ecological farming practices that have been scientifically proven to promote nutrition and sustainability. Many governments have rejected GMOs and as many as two million citizens in 52 countries recently marched in opposition to GMOs. In living democracies, discounting this knowledge and these many voices is not acceptable.”
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