Occupying the World Food Prize

I spent last week traveling between Ames and Des Moines to take a closer look at the controversy over the naming of Monsanto executive Robert Fraley as a World Food Prize laureate. My story on that—my first byline since leaving Mother Jones in August—was published at Al Jazeera America on Friday.

As with the Occupy Iowa caucus protests, the Occupy the World Food Prize demonstrations, led by many of the same activists, were far more subdued than anything I witnessed covering Occupy Oakland, but things got fairly lively thanks to Jim Hightower:
"I don’t like what Monsanto does to foist themselves on other countries and on our farmers ... turning agriculture into just another get-rich scheme," said Janet Klaas, a retired reference librarian from Ames.
In a Des Moines Methodist church sanctuary on Wednesday, she listened to Texas populist Jim Hightower rail against corporate agriculture behind an Occupy banner with an image of a raised fist clenching a carrot and ear of corn.
Read the rest here.

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