James Beard Foundation Goes Sustainable
The James Beard Foundation awards are like the Oscars for the food world, and now they'll be handing out awards to those working toward a healthier and greener planet.
Ecocentric reports that, beginning in 2011, the foundation will select honorees who have made outstanding contributions in the following categories:
- Efforts to improve the nutrition of young people and end childhood obesity, from changes to school lunch programs to school garden initiatives;
- Initiatives that promote culinary literacy and more informed food choices;
- Communications, advocacy and policy change on behalf of healthier food choices and more sustainable food systems;
- Actions that bring urban families and rural farm communities closer together, from expanding farmers’ markets and farm-restaurant connections to community supported agriculture;
- Academic research to advance our understanding of health and wellness and sustainable agriculture and fisheries;
- Improvements in food safety, from agriculture to food processing, and the humane treatment of animals;
- Advancement of fair food trade practices;
- Alleviating hunger in the United States by improving access and affordability of good quality foods;
- Leadership in the areas of fostering and preserving biodiversity, farming for flavor and bringing added value to the work of small and middle-sized family farms;
- Institutional, foundation and corporate leadership on behalf of food-related social responsibility.
PS - How good does that Salt-Roasted Golden Beet Carpaccio and Tartare with Applewood-Smoked Tofu, Avocado, Capers, Pumpernickel, and Cucumber–Dill Cream look?
image via James Beard