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Wendell Berry Honored with First Annual American Food & Farming Award

September 10, 2015
Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is proud to honor American poet, novelist, essayist, and farmer Wendell Berry with the first annual American Food & Farming Award.

Together with our distinguished host committee, comprised of 36 Members of Congress, CFS is celebrating the lifelong achievements of Mr. Berry, September 10, 2015, at a special event on Capitol Hill. The evening will include remarks and contributions from Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME); former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH); and Rep. John Yarmuth (KY).

“We are honored to present this award to Wendell Berry. Mr. Berry has for decades been the conscience of American farming, exposing the destruction and devastation of industrial agribusiness, while being this country’s most important advocate for returning ‘culture’ to our agriculture,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety.

For a half century Wendell Berry has been the preeminent voice in America for an agrarian ethic that would transform our farming and food system into a model that regenerates our soils and water, nurtures our farm communities, passes on the craft of agriculture from generation to generation,  and celebrates the great diversity of plants and animals on this earth.

This event comes at a time when food and agriculture are receiving more attention in Congress than ever before. Mr. Berry’s remarks will highlight some of the most pressing issues facing American agriculture today, offering policy leaders wisdom for the path ahead as few others can.

The American Food and Farming Award is the first of its kind, and will honor those who are leading the way to foster a regenerative food and farming system for generations to come.

Host Committee:
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
Christina Lee Brown
Fritzi Cohen
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN)
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (VA)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT)
Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (MD)
Rep. Sam Farr (CA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA)
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (AZ)
Rep. Jim Himes (CT)
Rep. Ron Kind (WI)
Sen. Angus King (ME)
Dennis & Elizabeth Kucinich
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA)
Rep. John Lewis (GA)
Sen. Edward J. Markey (MA)
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN)
Rep. Jim McDermott (WA)
Rep. James McGovern (MA)
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Mary R. Morgan
Sen. Patty Murray (WA)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (NY)
Sen. Harry Reid (NV)
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (IL)
Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (IL)
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (CA)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY)
Sen. Jon Tester (MT)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD)
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY)