Monsanto's Robert T. Fraley Named 2013 World Food Prize Laureate
ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2013
ST. LOUIS, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2013 World Food Prize
Announcement Ceremony held today at the U.S. State Department, Monsanto's
Chief Technology Officer, Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D., was named a 2013 World Food
Prize Laureate. Fraley's recognition is for the research he and his teams
pioneered in plant biotechnology and its application to advanced breeding and
crop improvement techniques in agriculture.
Fraley will share the prestigious prize with Marc Van Montagu, Ph.D., and
Mary-Dell Chilton, Ph.D.
"During the last 60 years, the science of molecular genetics, also referred to
as New Genetics, has opened up uncommon opportunities for shaping the future
of agriculture, industry, medicine and environment protection," said Dr. M.S.
Swaminathan, renowned Indian scientist and Chairman of the World Food Prize
Laureate Selection Committee. "It is therefore appropriate that the World Food
Prize is being awarded this year to some of the pioneers of the New Genetics
who have opened up opportunities for achieving a balance between human numbers
and the human capacity to produce adequate food."
The World Food Prize was created in 1987 by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner
Dr. Norman Borlaug, and is the foremost international award recognizing
individuals who have contributed landmark achievements in increasing the
quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
"On behalf of my grandfather, I would like to congratulate Robb Fraley on
being named one of this year's World Food Prize Laureates," said Julie
Borlaug, granddaughter of the late Dr. Borlaug and associate director for
external relations at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International
Agriculture. "My grandfather was a strong supporter of the need for innovation
to help in the fight against hunger and in the belief that smallholder farmers
around the world deserve every opportunity to have access to these critically
important technologies. Robb has been a tireless champion of these efforts,
dedicating his career to addressing food security through scientific
advancements in agriculture."
Born in a small farming community in central Illinois, Fraley earned
undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois and
conducted his post doctoral work at the University of California, San
Francisco. He joined Monsanto in 1981 as a senior research associate and in
1983 he and his team announced the creation of the first genetically
engineered plants. Since that time, millions of farmers globally have
benefitted from this pioneering research in biotechnology and continued focus
on the development of advanced breeding technologies.
"I am deeply humbled by this extraordinary honor in receiving the World Food
Prize and joining the ranks of so many accomplished Laureates who have come
before me," Fraley said. "It's an award I share with the team at Monsanto. I
really believe we have just scratched the surface on what is possible in
bringing innovation to farmers who deliver food security to consumers around
the world. The World Food Prize provides us an important platform to engage in
a new global dialogue around enabling farmer access to advanced agriculture
tools while ensuring a sustainable food supply for all."
Fraley will be awarded the World Food Prize at a ceremony this fall, which
will be in conjunction with The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium in
Des Moines, Iowa, October 16-18.
Official biographies, photos and additional information are available at
www.worldfoodprize.org/2013laureates and www.monsanto.com. Video clips from
the Laureate Announcement Ceremony at the U.S. State Department will be
available at www.stateondemand.state.gov.
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