Robert T. Fraley, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate
Robert T. Fraley, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate

The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E.Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then,outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of foodhave been honored. The Prize also hosts the annual BorlaugDialogue international symposium on global food security at the World Food Prize building in Des Moines, Iowa. Here are quotes from the 2013 World Food Prize Laureates and other distinguished speakers at this year’s event. Perhaps the mostimportant quote, however, is this one, attributed to the late Dr.Norman Borlaug: “Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world.”

 

 

“It just seems like yesterday that I was in the laboratory…trying to figure out how to put genes into petunia plants and now we’ve got biotech crops growing in 30 countries around the world. And there’s so much more potential to come.”- Robert T. Fraley, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate  
“The big challenge for all of us is that there’s a face that’s going to walk by us every day. There’s a story behind that face and the need to provide food security is real. We need to understand that and bring a broader message to the public.” - Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco and winner of the 2013 Borlaug Council for  Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Communication Award  
 

"American agriculture is a system that allows innovation and creativity to happen and it needs to happen around the world. It’s a system that encourages more research to determine what’s working and what’s not working, and that’s what will take us into the next generation of improvements. If policy allows us to have those innovations, agriculture will create it…” – Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

 

 

“I’m very grateful to the World Food Prize Foundation that they have recognized plant genetic engineering as a tool that will bring progress for feeding those who need it most. And I hope… we can mobilize to explain why [plant genetic engineering] is needed. It is a priority to do
outstanding fundamental research.” Marc Van Montagu, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate
“Our work, which began as curiosity-driven, fundamental research, now fi nds worldwide application in agriculture with great promise of benefitting all mankind. Nothing could be more gratifying than that.” - Mary-Dell Chilton, 2013 World Food Prize Laureate