The James Beard Foundation Names 2014 Leadership Award Recipients
Five Honorees Recognized for Pioneering Work in Creating a More Healthful, Sustainable, and Safe Food World
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The James Beard Foundation (JBF) today announced the recipients of the fourth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. This year’s honorees are: Mark Bittman, Ben Burkett, Navina Khanna, Michael Pollan and Karen Washington, visionaries across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why, and what we eat.
The Leadership Awards, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping, recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Among the criteria used to select this year’s honorees are excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact either within a community or across the nation.
2014 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Recipients
Author/Journalist, The New York Times
For using his international platform as a respected journalist and author to educate consumers about healthier food choices and to advocate for a better food system.
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; President of The National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campensina
For the positive impact this life-long family farmer has made through his support of the American family farm and advocacy for the rights of every individual to wholesome food, clean water, air, and land.
Fellow, Movement Strategy Center
For her work as a food justice activist organizing across communities for equitable and ecological food systems on local, regional, and national levels.
Writer/Journalist; and Professor, University of California, Berkeley
For the influence his books, articles and public appearances have had on the national conversation about important issues, such as sustainable agriculture, nutrition, food safety, farm policy, public health, and animal welfare.
Urban Farmer, Community Activist and Former President, New York City Community Garden Coalition
For the impact her leadership has had on the revitalization of neighborhoods in the Bronx through the establishment of urban gardens, as well as her national appearances to promote green jobs, healthy diets, and community gardens.
The 2014 Leadership Award recipients will be honored on October 27 at a dinner ceremony emceed by James Beard Award winner Mary Sue Milliken at the Hearst Tower. The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s fifth annual Food Conference, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, taking place on October 27 and 28 at Convene. Founding support for this year’s JBF Food Conference was provided by GRACE Communications Foundation and Edens, with additional support provided by Bon Appétit Management Company, Karp Resources, Tabasco®, Good Housekeeping and Natural Gourmet Institute. For more information, visit jbffoodconference.org or follow #JBFLeads on Twitter and Facebook.
Tickets to the Leadership Awards dinner are available for $1,000 to the general public or for $500 for Food Conference attendees; for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Details can also be found at jbfleadershipawards.org.