Slow Food Awards
Devotay, allow me to add the Slow Food Awards for Biodiversity.
I cope and paste an article I wrote for another forum :)
In 2000, The Slow Food movement launched the "Slow Food Award for the defence of Biodiversity"
. The purpose of this award is to bring to light and to makeknown all the efforts that are made worldwide for the defence of biodiversity in every link of the chain of the agroindustrial field.
Farmers, scientists,distributors, agricultural associations, teachers can be nominated for this award by the international committee that collects information from every corner of the earth.
The reward is a cash prize but what is most important to the winners is the publicity that their efforts accept.
Working alone, especially in a poor country, resisting to the laws of mass industrialization.that brings fast profit all they ask some times is for a moral gratification.
The winners for the year 2001 are the following ( I copy from the Press Release Issue)
- Thierno Maadjou Bah andMamadou Mouctar Sow, from Guinea
"...For initiating a process that revived the cultivation of the nere tree
and the production of soumbara, the ancient condiment made from its seeds; a
product gravely endangered by the bulk invasion of the market by
industrially-produced foods. For saving a healthy food source that became a
means to income for local women..."
- Cooperative Amal, Morocco.
The women of the agricultural organization of the village of Tamanar of Morocco
that they call it Amal (Hope in arab) produce argan oil that comes from the
stone of the argan tree.
The press release mentions among other things the follow :
"...For creating a "virtuous circle" that feeds the economy and develops the
country while safeguarding the existence of a precious and unique plant
species: a tree that produces a high-quality oil. For confronting with courage,
hope, and conviction all of the difficulties connected with the creation of an
all-female business in a culture that does not readily facilitate female
emancipation. For combining the protection of biodiversity with the liberation
of the Berber women of the Souss lands..."
- Doña Sebastiana Juarez Broca, from Mexico
"...For playing an important part in the defence of the production of cacao
tabasqueno...For recuperating and promoting the ancient techniques of chocolate
production and understanding their economic, cultural, and social potential..."
-Bija Devi, from India
"...For working with passion, dedication and competence towards the selection,
conservation, and seeding of over 600 plant types. ..For demonstrating with her
work how valuable indigenous knowledge can be, and how important teaching and
learning are with respects to the practical knowledge and inspiration of other
producers in order to preserve centuries-old traditional knowledge and
-Necton - Companhia Portuguesa de Culturas Marinhas,from Portugal
"...For restoring a wealth of knowledge related to the care and conservation of
small artisan salt pans. ..For insisting stubbornly on cultivating the project,
with the goal of revitalizing the passion of young people for the ancient
profession of the marenotos, by making it economically rewarding and imbuing it
with social prestige. .."
I suggest you to visit the site of Slow Food and read the Biographies of
this,worth to admire persons. You will feel that everything is not yet lost as
long as passionate people make dry words alive.