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Amid protests, World Food Prize gathers in Des Moines

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DES MOINES (AP) -

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.

This year's prize was awarded to three biotechnology pioneers, including a scientist who works for Monsanto, which donates to the foundation.

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.

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