Monsanto CTO Wins World Food Prize, Urges ‘Better Dialogue’ On GMO Issues

Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer and 2013 World Food Prize winner | Photo courtesy of Monsanto
Robert T. Fraley | Photo courtesy of Monsanto

Monsanto’s chief technology officer, one of three scientists who will be getting a World Food Prize, said innovation may be key to feeding the world’s population and protecting the environment, but “better dialogue is needed to build understanding and consensus.”

Robert T. Fraley, an executive vice president, is credited with the successful introduction in 1996 of genetically modified soybeans that were resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, commercially known as Roundup.

GMO crops have been the target of frequent protests, including one held just last weekend at Monsanto’s Creve Coeur headquarters. Fraley contends that research has validated the safety of biotechnology products, but Monsanto and others in the scientific community need to do more to share information and answer questions.

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