Stolkhom, sweden A Kansas plant geneticist was named Thursday as one of four winners of the Right Livelihood awards, known as the "alternative Nobels."
The other winners were an Indonesian human rights activist, an Ethiopian scientist and a Turkish environmentalist.
The awards, each worth $51,000, were founded in 1980 by Jakob von Uexkull, a stamp dealer who sold his collection to fund a program to recognize work that he believes is ignored by the prestigious Nobel prizes.
Wes Jackson, co-founder of the private, nonprofit Land Institute in Salina, was cited for his vision of a natural farming system based on perennial crops.
Indonesian human rights activist and lawyer Munir was honored for "his courage and dedication in fighting for the civilian control of the military in the world's fifth most populous country."
Ethiopia's chief environmental official Tewolde Gebre Egzhiaber won for negotiations for a biosafety protocol to set rules governing trade in genetically engineered products.
Turkish environmentalist Birsel Lemke was recognized for her fight to keep cyanide-based gold mining out of her country.