Remember the controversy surrounding the World Food Prize recipients this year? In his column, Mark Bittman of the New York Times provides a great list of alternative people that would deserve the prize because of their involvement in agroecology and sustainable production methods. Amongst his nominees: Vandana Shiva, Olivier de Schutter and Miguel Altieri – all of which are inspiring people with fascinating work.
Check his column out here!
Also, he drew my attention to the Food Sovereignty Prize, an alternative award ceremony established in 2009 that honours “grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system. The honorees are being recognized for promoting food sovereignty by:
- raising public awareness, organizing on-the-ground action, and/or developing and implementing programs and policies,
- recognizing the importance of collective action in bringing about social change,
- building global linkages into their work, and
- prioritizing the leadership of women, indigenous peoples, people of color, migrant workers and other food providers marginalized by the global food system.”
Its 2013 honorees will be announced on July 1st – I will make sure to cover their choice!
What do you think about Mr. Bittman’s suggestions?