Founder of Slow Food to receive Champion of the Earth award
UN Environment Programme awards eco-leaders in New York18 September, 15:12
The UNEP awards the UN's top environmental prize to leaders whose actions have had a significant, positive impact on the environment. Petrini is being recognized for pioneering work over the last 30 years to improve the sustainability, biodiversity and ethics of the world's agriculture and food supply.
The Slow Food movement is aimed at reviving artisanal, eco-friendly food-production techniques, threatened by industrial farming and mass food production.
The organization now has over 100,000 members and supporters in over 150 countries, defending local food traditions, supporting biodiversity, tackling food waste and promoting small-scale quality products.
Other UNEP Champions of the Earth for 2013 are Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira for her role in reversing the deforestation of the Amazon jungle; a leading black-carbon researcher, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, for spearheading efforts to phase out polluting cookstoves in India; Mexico's Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, director of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, the country's most ecologically diverse protected area; and the developers of Google Earth.