Rodale Institute has announced the recipients to be honored at the upcoming 7th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards (OPA) dinner. The OPA is an opportunity to recognize a research scientist, farmer and business that are leading the way to an organic planet. Recipients include researcher Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; organic farmer, Tom Beddard, Lady Moon Farms; and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.
Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural southern Iowa. Ahna has worked as a researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates, contributes to, and publishes communications, analyses, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food and agriculture system.
As more consumers take an interest in how their food reaches their tables, Dr. Millman, a professor in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine as well as the biomedical sciences department, has helped to usher the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine to the forefront of animal welfare research.