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2013 World Food Prize Week Media Coverage

2013 World Food Prize Week Coverage

News surrounding the 2013 World Food Prize was included in over 2,000 articles around the world. Below is a sampling of the coverage.

Additional links: Skoll World Forum Column Series | Chicago Council Guest Columns | Des Moines Register Coverage

Top Stories:

“The Irrational Fear of GM Food” by Marc Van Montagu, The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2013  

"2013 World Food Prize" An interview with the 2013 Laureates, by Ben Kieffer and Katherine Perkins, River to River, Iowa Public Radio, Oct. 14, 2013

“Talk of Iowa: Feeding the World,” by Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden, Iowa Public Radio, Oct. 16, 2013 (Interview with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Louise Fresco) 

“World Food Prize takes on biotech, global warming” by David Pitt, Associated Press (Appeared in the Washington Post, numerous others), Oct. 15, 2013  

“GMO Pioneers Win World Food Prize” by Steve Baragona, Voice of America, Oct. 16, 2013

“Borlaug Dialogue Begins Today...Not Everyone’s Thrilled” by Robynne Boyd, Scientific American, Oct. 16, 2013 

"Food security: feeding the future" by Rajni Bakshi, Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 31, 2013 

“World Food Prize stirs controversy” by Lynn Hicks, USA Today and The Des Moines Register, Oct. 18, 2013 

“Critics assail Monsanto as winner of World Food Prize” by Gavin Aronsen, Al Jazeera, Oct. 18, 2013

“Howard Buffett, Tony Blair on African Governance” Interview with Betty Liu, Bloomberg, Oct. 18, 2013 

"Ex-UK leader Blair: Governments key in providing infrastructure, policies to fight hunger" by Associated Press (Appeared in the Washington Post, NPR, many others), Oct. 17, 2013 

"Tony Blair, Howard Buffett launch African fellowship program" by Lynn Hicks, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013 

"Blair's warning over hunger fight" Belfast Telegraph, Oct. 18, 2013 (Also ran on MSN UK and many others)

"The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Tony Blair's Africa Governance Initiative, and the World Food Prize Foundation Launch 40 Chances Fellows Program to Fund Social Enterprises Addressing Hunger and Poverty in Africa" Ran on CNBC, Money, numerous news sites, Oct. 17, 2013

"World Food Prize, Tony Blair, Howard Buffett team up to create new fellowships" by O.Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, Oct. 18, 2013

"Can't Make Enough Food? Make Fewer People" by Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg, Oct.  17, 2013 

"Norman Borlaug's Three Dreams" by Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, UN FAO World Food Day Blog, Oct. 16, 2013

Forbes/Skoll World Forum Columns by Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Skoll World Forum Column Compilation 
       Featured Authors:

  • Akinwumi Adesina -Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Nigeria
  • David Beckmann - President, Bread for the World
  • Tony Hall - Executive Director, The Alliance to End Hunger
  • Tim Hanstad - President & CEO, Landesa
  • Ruth Oniang’o - Founder & Editor-In-Chief, African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrtion and Development
  • Kenneth Quinn - President, The World Food Prize Foundation
  • Juergen Voegele - Director, Agriculture and Environmental Services, the World Bank Group
  • Ren Wang - Assisant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, FAO

University of Missouri School of Journalism World Food Prize Blog 


Laureate Coverage

National News:

“Making the case for biotechnology” by the Manitoba Co-Operator, Oct. 24, 2013

“Dean Vandenbosch’s op-ed on World Food Prize: Biotech pioneers deserve their recognition” eCALS, UW-Madison, Oct. 21. 2013

“Researchers oppose mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Foods” by Fredrick Obura, Standard Media, Oct. 21, 2013

“Syngenta Scientist Mary-Dell Chilton Receives 2013 World Food Prize” PR Newswire, Oct. 17, 2013

"Monsanto World Food Prize Laureate: Innovation, Communication Needed" AgriMarketing, Oct. 18, 2013

“World Food Prize laureate Fraley donates award” AgProfessional, Oct. 22, 2013

"Monsanto's Fraley calls for 'better dialogue' about GMOs" St. Louis Dispatch, Oct. 17, 2013

"World Food Prize Laureates Meet the Press" AgWired, Oct. 17, 2013

“World Food Prize laureates say biotechnology helps feed the world” by Megan Fincher, National Catholic Reporter,  Oct. 22, 2013


International News:

"Peeters congratulates Van Montagu with World Food Prize" Vlaams Informatiecentrum Land- en Tuinbouw, Oct. 18, 2013

“World Food Prize awarded to Marc Van Montagu” Gent University, Oct. 17, 2013

“Interview with Marc Van Montagu, Winner of World Food Prize 2013” Oct. 18. 2013

“The world food prize is known as the Nobel prize for food and agriculture” Gnobb Office, Oct. 19, 2013



“World Food Prize Ceremony Honors Biotech Trailblazers” by Rod Swoboda, Wallaces Farmer, Oct. 18, 2013

“World Food Prize laureates advocate genetically modified crops at Norman Borlaug Lecture,” by Caitlin Deaver, Iowa State Daily, Oct. 15th, 2013

"World Food Prize recipients defend their work" by Pat Curtis, Radio Iowa, Oct. 17, 2013

"2013 World Food Prize Laureates Stir up GMO Controversy" by Clay Masters, Iowa Public Radio and Harvest Public Media, Oct. 18, 2013

“World Food Prize laureates warn against labeling, other anti-biotech efforts,” by Lynn Hicks, Des Moines Register, Oct. 16, 2013 

“World Food Prize Laureates Ceremony” Photo Gallery by Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013 

“WFP’s biotech champ talks food” Oct. 20, 2013

“GMO Proponents Awarded World Food Prize” John Nichols, Market to Market, Oct. 18, 2013

“Seed companies hoping to end Mexico’s GMO suspension” by Daniel Looker, Oct. 18, 2013

“AGRIBUSINESS: Monsanto CTO Remembers Breakthrough” WhoTV, Oct. 18, 2013

“World Food Prize laureates urge biotech knowledge” by Jeannine Otto, Agrinews, Oct. 23, 2013


Borlaug Dialogue Coverage

Highlighted Stories:

“World Food Prize takes on biotech and global warming” by David Pitt, AP, Oct. 15, 2013

“Basu: Iowa’s Africans honor their prize-winner” by Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013


National News:

“Biotechnology must consider ethics, compassion, says Cardinal Turkson” by Kelly Mescher Collins, Catholic News Service, Oct. 22, 2013

Cardinal supports science in effort to combat hunger, by Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 18, 2013

“Howard Buffett, Blair collaborate” Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2013

“Ex-UK leader: Governments key in hunger fight” Associated Press,,Oct. 17, 2013

“Interview with Howard G. Buffett and Tony Blair” DigTriad, WFMY News 2, Oct. 17, 2013

“Resilience Ranks High On 2013 World Food Prize Agenda” by Faustine Wabwire, Bread for the World, Oct. 22, 2013

“Plug holes in post-harvest pipeline, say food & ag experts” by John Walter,, Oct. 18, 2013

“DuPont CEO Announces Progress on 2020 Food Security Goals at World Food Prize” PRWeb, Oct. 16, 2013

“Turkson: ‘Sustainable food systems for world food security should be our goal” by Megan Fincher, National Catholic Reporter, Oct. 18, 2013


International News:

“I dream of Africa becoming breadbasket of the world” by Femi Ibirogba, Nigerian Tribune, Oct. 22, 2013 

“Iceland’s president speaks on combating world hunger” in IceNews, Oct. 24, 2013

“Biotech, Farmer Associations Key for Climate Adaptation - Panel” by Jake Lucas, Hispanic Business, Oct. 22, 2013

“Blair pushes for ‘African solutions’ to curb hunger” by Sandra Chao, Hispanic Business, Oct. 18, 2013

“Nigeria Agriculture Minister advocates accelerated use of biotechnology in African agriculture” Premium Times, Oct. 18,, 2013

“Far too much food wasted, experts say” by Laura Rance, Winnipeg Free Press Oct. 26, 2013


Iowa (Local News):

“World Food Prize panel serves up ideas to end global hunger” by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013

“Iceland’s president touts drying food as one way to combat world hunger” by O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, Oct. 18, 2013

 “Global hunger issues divide experts” by Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 19, 2013 

“Roses and Thistles: Cardinal nurtures dialogue rather than sow dissension” Des Moines Register, Oct. 20, 2013

“Blair and Buffett have teamed up to fight hunger” by O. Kay Henderson, KMA Land, Oct. 18, 2013

“Tony Blair: U.S. stability ‘essential’ to global economy” by Jennifer Jacobs and Lynn Hicks, Des Moines Register, Oct. 18, 2013

“Bonus column: To feed the world, we need to embrace sound science” by Emery N. Koenig, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013

“The Register’s Editorial: Hunger fight needs to involve more than just farmers” by Des Moines Register Editorial Board, Oct. 17 2013



“Recap: World Food Prize 2013” Dupont, Oct. 18, 2013 

“Elanco President Focuses on Hunger Challenge at World Food Prize”, by P.J. Griekspoor, Farm Futures, Oct. 17, 2013

“National Catholic Rural Life Conference; The World Food Prize; and The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace” by Bishop Paul D. Etienne, Truth in Love, Oct. 20, 2013

“Cardinal Turkson calls for conversation, not confrontation, in solving agricultural divides” by Sue Stanton, U.S. Catholic, Oct. 18, 2013


Iowa Hunger Summit Coverage

Iowa (Local News):

“The Register’s Editorials: Income security needed in fight against hunger”

“Iowa Hunger Summit: survey shows Iowans concerned about hunger,” by Sharyn Jackson, Des Moines Register, Oct. 15, 2013

“Hunger a top issue in Iowa, survey says” by Mike Wiser, The Quad City Times, Oct. 15, 2013

“Hunger Summit: Mary’s Meals Founder Keynotes Event” WHO-TV, Oct. 15, 2013 

“Iowa Hunger Summit Starts Today in Des Moines” KCCI Morning Show, Oct. 15, 2013

“Iowa Hunger Summit Underway” by Sharyn Jackson, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 15, 2013

“Iowa Hunger Advocate to receive new humanitarian award” by Sharyn Jackson, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 12, 2013


General Coverage

National News:

“Column: From Green to Gene Revolution” by Ashok Gulati, Financial Express, Oct. 25, 2013 

“Wheat farmers reaffirm research support” by Bing Von Bergen and Dan Hughes, The Prairie Star, Oct, 18. 2013

"American Phytopathological Society - Plant health scientists reiterate their support of biotechnology on World Food Day" SeedQuest, Oct. 18, 2013

“100+ Ag Organizations and Academics Applaud World Food Prize’s Biotech Focus” BiotechNow, Oct. 2, 2013

"Another View: The truth about GMOs" by Steven Leath, Phyllis Wise and David Chicoine, The Des Moines Register, Oct. 8, 2013


Iowa (Local News):

“Biotech crops face uncertain future,” by Christopher Doering (Gannett Washington Bureau), Des Moines Register, Oct. 12, 2013 

“World Food Prize: Controversy dogs ceremony,” by Lynn Hicks, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013 

“Ending global hunger needs ‘less rhetoric, more action,’ says Borlaug granddaughter,” by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register (Blog), Oct. 16, 2013

“World Food Prize courts controversy,” by editorial contributor of the Quad-City Times, Oct. 16, 2013
Quotable: “By courting controversy and encouraging collaboration, the World Food Prize keeps Iowa at the center of global food debates, assuring that one of the world’s chief food producers also can serve as its conscience.”

“Protesters denounce ag groups, support alternatives to GMOs,” by Regina Zilbermints, Oct. 16, 2013|topnews|text

“Another View: Biotech’s test: Minimize risks, maximize good” by Gregory Jaffe, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013

“Bonus Column: To feed the world, we need to embrace sound science” by Emery N. Koenig, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17 2013

“Bonus column: A global call for coordinating food security efforts” by Tom Daschle and Alberto Weisser, Des Moines Register, Oct. 17, 2013

“Market to Market host Mike Pearson talks to 2013 World Food Prize intern award winners” Iowa Public Television, Oct. 18, 2013

“Food in the land of plenty” by Nina Furstenau, Columbia Tribune, Oct. 29, 2013

“DialogueNEXT Panels at World Food Prize” AgWired, Oct. 29, 2013


International News:

“The Man Who Saved a Billion Lives,” by David Macaray, Huffington Post World Blog, Oct. 15, 2013



“World Food Prize: Bigger & Better Than Ever” by Leah Guffey, Oct. 22, 2013


New International Coverage (10/31)

"Tanzania becomes latest battleground for GM food supporters and opponents" by Sharon Schmickle, The Guardian, Nov. 5, 2013

“More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger” by Jill Richardson, Kashmir Times, Oct. 31, 2013

“Manila opens doors to GMO products” by Walden Bello, Asia Times Online, Oct. 29, 2013

“Animal protein can feed a growing population” eFeedLink, Oct. 29, 2013

“Meet the Kenyan world prize for food winner”,  Oct. 28, 2013

“Kenyan honoured for aflatoxin” by Sandra Chao, Business Daily,  Oct. 27, 2013

“And the prize goes to...genetically modified foods” by Timothy A. Wise,, Oct. 27, 2013

“World Food Prize controversy” by Syed Mohammad Ali, The Express Tribune, Oct. 24, 2013



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