August 10, 2011

James Beard Leadership Awards: Recognizing Food Systems Pioneers

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Today the James Beard Foundation named the 10 recipients of its inaugural Leadership Awards, expanding the Foundation’s focus to include “game-changing pioneers who have inspired positive action to improve our country’s food system,” says Susan Ungaro, president of the Foundation.

Among the honorees are Fedele Bauccio and Fred Kirschenmann, who served as members of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and contributed to its 2008 report, “Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America” The report was the product of a two-and-a-half year study funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts through a grant to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Robert Lawrence, director of the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) served as principal investigator on the grant; Shawn McKenzie, associate director of the CLF, and several CLF researchers assisted in the production of the report. Ralph Loglisci, former Communications director of the Pew Commission, is now a member of the CLF staff and serves as the director the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project.

The recipients, among whom are First Lady Michelle Obama and chef-author-pioneer Alice Waters, will be honored at a ceremony on October 12 at the James Beard Foundation Food Conference in New York City. The program is partially underwritten by a grant from the GRACE Communications Foundation.

Robert Lawrence, one of the judges for the awards, said, “There were many outstanding nominations for the Leadership Awards, and it is a real tribute to Fedele and Fred that they are among the finalists. Their work has informed and inspired the CLF’s work on the U.S. food system and will continue to do so.”

The announcement can be read here and the New York Times’ commentary here.

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