Robb Fraley Calls for Dialogue on Agriculture and Food Production
Fraley is being recognized for the research he and his teams at Monsanto pioneered in plant biotechnology and its application to advanced breeding and crop improvement techniques in agriculture. In 1983, Fraley and three other Monsanto scientists were the first to genetically modify plants. Thirteen years later, Fraley helped to lead the successful commercial launches of the first genetically modified crops, Roundup Ready soybeans and Bollgard insect-protected cotton, in the United States.
Fraley will be awarded the World Food Prize at a ceremony on October 17. The ceremony will be in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium being held in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 16-18.