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WORLD FOOD PRIZE
World Food Prize event in Iowa confronts divisive issues of biotech crops and global warming
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa
The World Food Prize Foundation is confronting both opposition to genetically modified crops and the divisive issue of global warming as experts and national leaders gather this week to talk about feeding a growing global population.
The news infuriated environmental groups and opponents of large-scale farming.
The Occupy World Food Prize organization vows to protest again this year; several members were arrested last year.
The group claims genetically modified crops and large-scale farms supported by corporations are destroying family farms and the environment.
The World Food Prize attracts about 1,000 scientists, policy experts, and political leaders. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to attend this year.