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May 22nd, 2012

Brother Dave Andrews Honored with Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award

Brother Dave Andrews, Senior Representative for Food & Water Watch

This post about our very own Brother Dave Andrews originally appeared on Nourishing the Planet’s blog (he is an advisor to the project). We are reprinting it here with their permission. Congratulations Brother Dave!

Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group Member to be Honored with Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award

By Alison Blackmore

On July, 28 2012 Brother Dave Andrews, Senior Representative for Food & Water Watch and a member of Nourishing the Planet’s advisory group, will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award for his commitment to enhancing the life of rural people. The award is the highest honor given by the Rural Sociology Society, a professional social science association founded in 1937 with the intent of improving the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.

Andrews has worked for over 30 years on sustainable development, food and water issues, and public policy, both nationally and internationally, and has a long-standing commitment to bettering the spiritual, social, and economic lives of rural people.

Since the 1970s, Andrews has dedicated his life to ensuring that the dignity of rural people is respected. As the Executive Director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference for 13 years, he supported rural Catholic congregations, worked with farm communities to determine the best way to care for the earth, and advocated on behalf of rural people on pertinent food policy issues. Today, as a senior representative for Food & Water Watch, Brother Andrews acts as a liaison to the faith community, motivating people of faith to be thoughtful and deliberate about their choices within the food system. Internationally, he represents farmer and peasant voices at various high-profile summits and meetings, including World Food Summits and the last three World Trade Organization meetings. He frequently attends UN Food and Agriculture Organization international and regional meetings on food security, and works with UN officials to advocate for justice for the most vulnerable laborers in the world’s food system.

For his relentless work on behalf of rural society, both national and internationally, Brother Andrews is well-deserving of this award and the Nourishing the Planet team is honored to congratulate him for his service.

Do you know of other outstanding people or work being done to better rural society? Let us know in the comments section!

Alison Blackmore is a research intern with Nourishing the Planet.

One Comment on Brother Dave Andrews Honored with Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award

  1. Mona Lenihan-Costanzo says:

    Dear Brother Dave,
    I have read that you are making efforts to change Cardinal Peter Turkson’s mind about honoring 3 scientists who are responsible in some part for the development and use of GMO seeds.
    I want to wish you luck in your efforts. I am deeply disturbed that the Catholic Church would even consider for a moment that GMO seeds are of any “help” or benefit to farmers, people or the planet.
    The suicides of farmers in India should be a clue or the health concerns or the contamination of conventional and organic crops or the fact that farmers are unable to propagate their seeds and instead would be indebted to these multinational chemical companies that have patented the seeds.
    I have also read that the Vatican has been approached to endorse GMO seeds as a way to produce more food. First of all starving people need to be independent of large corporations and free to plant what is native to their area and foods of their culture and save the seeds for next seasons planting, not have to buy more seeds every time. We grow so much food that we are using corn for fuel. GMO crops have not been proven to improve yield. I am certainly not an expert, but I am sure that GMO seed is not the way to feed the world.
    I am so grateful for your efforts.
    I wish I could help you. I would be pleased to write a letter, but I don”t have ccontact information for Cardinal Turkson.
    Thank you and God Bless you,
    Mona Lenihan-Costanzo
    CA, USA

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