This year, Compassion launched its inaugural Sustainable Food and Farming Awards to recognise businesses that are taking steps to produce meat, dairy and eggs in ways that protect, improve and restore wildlife and the environment.
Compassion was inspired to introduce a Sustainable Food and Farming Award following its 2017 Extinction and Livestock conference that brought together the worlds of animal welfare, conservation and the environment.
2019 Sustainable Food and Farming Award Winners
This year’s awards were judged by a panel chaired by Philip Lymbery, Compassion’s CEO and author of Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were, and included Graham Harvey, agricultural journalist and previous story editor of the long running BBC radio drama The Archers. The awards were presented at the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards ceremony in Brussels on 27 June.
Compassion is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s awards:
'Corporate' winner: Chippindale Foods (Morrisons) is a vertically-integrated free range egg supplier. They have partnered with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and require each of their supplying farmers to plant an acre of wildflower meadow for each laying hen range, boosting bee numbers by up to 55%.
'Producer' winner: S J Cutter runs Model Farm, an ambitious, forward-thinking 500 acre farm, 400 of which they have planted with wildflower meadow and run on a low-input, low-cost, sustainable system producing beef and lamb.
Projects submitted for this Award should involve livestock production and already have been implemented into practice or are at a pilot stage on farm.
The project should demonstrate a positive impact on one or more of the following: wildlife, wildlife habitats, soil, conservation, forests, climate change, water quality, reducing use of chemicals and pesticides, reducing reliance on imported animal feeds.
The criteria assessed include:
- The novelty of the project and its outcome;
- The quantifiable positive impact of the project;
- The potential further impact for farming systems around the world (such as the potential for the project to be adopted more widely), and
- Whether products resulting from the project have made it through to market.
Applications are accepted following engagement and discussion with one of our Food Business Managers.
If you are interested in apply for the award, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org