Group of Land-Grant Deans: Pioneers of Bioengineering Deserve their Recognition

This week, leaders from across the globe will convene in Des Moines, Iowa to honor recipients of the World Food Prize. Norman E. Borlaug, a celebrated crop breeder and Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace envisioned the award as a method of recognition to creative individuals who helped advancement of safe and nutritious food for the world’s people. This year’s recipients include Belgian Marc Van Montagu, and Americans Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley for their findings towards genetic engineering of crops. This announcement was met with controversy with some critics believing different achievements in agroecology, supply chain management, or development of policies that impact economic equality and food access. A group of land-grant deans came together to author an op-ed in support of this year’s prize winners.

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