James Beard Leadership Awards: Recognizing Food Systems Pioneers

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. Read More >