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Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, WhyHunger: 207-475-7542
Christopher Cook, Food First:

Food Sovereignty Prize to Honor Global Peasant Movements Today at Ceremony Featuring Shirley Sherrod, Martha Redbone, Jen Chapin

Grassroots Groups in Haiti, India, Mali, and Basque Country to be Honored for Combating Hunger Through Economic Justice; Sharp Contrast to World Food Prize Honoring of Monsanto and Syngenta


What: The 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize Awards Ceremony
When: Tuesday October 15th, 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
All members of the media are invited to a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm
Where: Cooper Union University, The Great Hall (located in the Foundation Building), 7 East 7th Street (between Third and Fourth Ave.) New York City, NY 10003

In a celebration of sustainable agriculture and food democracy movements creating alternatives to chemicals and corporate profits, the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize will honor grassroots peasant groups from Haiti, India, Mali, and the Basque Country at an October 15 ceremony hosted at Cooper Union University in New York City.

At an inspiring ceremony featuring renowned farm advocate and former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, and music by Martha Redbone and Jen Chapin, the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize will honor:

  • Haitian Group of 4 (G4) and the South American Dessalines Brigade
  • Tamil Nadu Women's Collective of India
  • National Coordination of Peasant Organizations of Mali; and
  • Basque Country Farmers Union in Europe

Space is limited--to register (FREE) please visit:
The prize winners--representing grassroots food sovereignty and justice groups from across the globe--will be available for media interviews in person and by phone today, Tuesday Oct. 15, preceding the ceremony.

The Food Sovereignty Prize has been co-sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and praised by the author Michael Pollan as "an important alternative to the World Food Prize"--which will be given to GMO corporations Monsanto and Syngenta on Oct. 16 despite widespread criticism.

For more information, including background on the winners, please visit:
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The purpose of the Institute for Food and Development Policy - Food First - is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger. Food First supports a "bottom-up" approach to solving world hunger, asserting the ability of all countries to feed their own people if they focus on agriculture for subsistence rather than for export.