The Natural Resources Defense Council is giving out a food award that recognizes individuals — farmers, business leaders and green thinkers — who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions in the area of sustainable food. The selection panel is chaired by Michael Pollan, and they recently selected nine award finalists. Jump below to read more about the finalists...
The winners will be celebrated on May 9, 2009, at an NRDC benefit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Some of the finalists include:
1. Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, a "pasture-based, beyond-organic" operation in Swoope, Va., whose products include grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and sustainable lumber. (If you're familiar with Michael Pollan's work, you'll know Mr. Salatin was featured prominently in An Omnivore's Dilemma.)
2. Ann Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Berkeley Unified School District, where she has instituted a number of purchasing and menu changes to support sustainable and healthy food.
3. Michael Rozyne, founder of Red Tomato, a non-profit marketing and distribution organization that distributes produce from family farms and small farm co-ops to larger food buyers throughout the Northeastern United States.
See a list of all the finalists and read more here.
• Details about NRDC's Food for Thought benefit with Michael Pollan.
• Pollan's online column at NRDC's OnEarth magazine.
• EAT LOCAL: Find what's fresh near you and get great local food recipes from restaurants around the country using NRDC's online guide. You can also add the new local food widget to your desktop, website or blog.