news

Food and sustainability

Food sustainability awards for the media

An international competition for journalists launched by the BCFN in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to choose the best articles, photos and videos on the subject of sustainable food.

An international prize is to be awarded to those journalists who are best able to communicate the issues of sustainable food through articles, videos and photographs. The Food Sustainability Media Award was launched by BCFN in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The targets are journalists from around the world, as well as bloggers and vloggers, looking to highlight the key paradoxes in the food system: the coexistence of hunger and obesity; the overexploitation of natural resources and the use of agricultural land to produce biofuels rather than feed people; and the quantity of food wasted, from the field to the table, despite the fact that many people do not have enough to eat.

The power of the media
Food sustainability is a global problem and we believe that the media has a key role to play. By revealing and highlighting the paradoxes of the modern food system, the media can involve the general public and by guiding them to make more informed food choices, they can consequently help to create a fairer and more sustainable future”, states the competition description.
Launched at the 7th BCFN Forum, held in Milan on 1 December, the prize will be awarded by a panel of highly respected judges: nine experts from the media and sustainable agriculture sectors, including Laurie Goering, journalist specialising in the climate from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Ruth Oniang’o, Founder and Director of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Mario Calabresi, Director of La Repubblica, one of Italy’s leading daily newspapers.

Categories and prizes
The three categories (written journalism, videos and photos) accept works which have already been published as well as original pieces. For published pieces, the prize is €10,000 for each winner, and for non-published content, an all-expenses paid training course will be awarded on the theme of sustainability at the Thomson Reuters Foundation and their work will be published via the channels of both Foundations.
The topic of climate change really struck a chord among my journalist colleagues, but not many of them offered readers a comprehensive overview of its effects, taking into account the impact it will have on agricultural production and the availability of food”, explained Laurie Goering at the BCFN Forum in Milan when presenting the prize. It is the visual or narrative impact of the story being told which really engages the reader (and this is therefore a key criteria for the judges when choosing the winners). This view was echoed by Mario Calabresi, who reiterated the need for quality journalism to overcome the challenge of informing the public. He told the audience gathered in the Aula Magna at Milan Bocconi University, “with the spread of new business models in the media sector, only quality journalism will survive, by having a real effect on people’s behaviour and talking about social change using engaging and innovative language”.
You can enter by submitting your own work from 9 January 2017. Further information is available on the following website: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com.
Gallery

studies

Food and sustainability

Articles attached

Food and sustainability

Can governments use food-based dietary guidelines to enhance sustainable diets?

Haley Swartz is a Research Program Coordinator for the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Haley researches food assistance programs and nutrition governance in developing and low and middle-income countries with Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics & Global Food and Agriculture. Haley holds a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Government, both from the University of Virginia.

Read all
Food and sustainability

Internet of Things, clouds and trends in agriculture

From automation to food safety, from adaptive irrigation to supply-chain management systems, and from big-data aggregators to food recovery, the main technological impacts in agriculture hit the top of the chain, with in-field systems, post-harvest monitoring and efficiency boosters.

Read all
Food and society

Sustainable fashion, clothes for the environment

In an era where speed matters, even fashion has become “fast”. But producing such a large number of garments at knock-down prices comes at the expense of environmental sustainability and the health of those who work in the industry.

Read all
This website uses cookies to send you adverts and services in line with your preferences. If you want to find out more or block out all or some of the cookies click here.
By closing this banner, scrolling down the page or clicking on any item in it you are accepting the use of cookies.   Read moreI agree