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

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