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JBF Names 2014 Leadership Award Recipients

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JBF Editors

July 17, 2014


The James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards

Today the James Beard Foundation unveils its 2014 Leadership Award recipients. These individuals, whose work contributes to a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, will be honored on October 27 at a dinner ceremony co-hosted by Good Housekeeping at the Hearst Tower. The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s fifth annual Food ConferenceHealth & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, taking place on October 27 and 28 in New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bowen & Company at 914.231.6180 or

The 2014 Leadership Award recipients are:

Mark Bittman

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.

Ben Burkett

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.

Navina Khanna

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.

Michael Pollan

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.

Karen Washington

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.

Read the full press release.