A British veterinarian/researcher has won the 1999 World Food Prize. Dr.Walter Plowright helped develop a vaccine to combat a plague which struckcattle herds. Before the vaccine, rinderpest was one of the deadliestanimal diseases in history.Plowright was surprised even to be nominated for the World Food Prize.World Food Prize Executive Director Herman Kilpper says while most of theWorld Food Prizes awarded have recognized grain-related research, Plowrightwas recognized because cattle play an important role in providing nutritionto small farm families in developing countries.The annual World Food Prize is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize” forag-related fields. It was established in 1987 by Iowa businessman John Ruanand carries a quarter-of-a-million dollar cash award.
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