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Generations Futures - A French prize for a healthy diet and quality food for all

The French Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) recognises the link between an unhealthy diet and diseases such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. It is therefore time to turn to a healthy and quality diet in order to protect our health and the environment. Yet, we can only change our food habits if basic healthy products are available to all of us. According to a study by Generations Futures, we can eat up to 36 different pesticides per food through the food we eat.

That’s why Generations Futures and its partner La Mutuelle Familiale have recently launched the prize “Health in our baskets” to reward and promote existing and innovating projects facilitating access to a healthy diet and quality food for all.

From 4 December to 15 February, French based NGOs, cooperatives, social entrepreneurs and civil society can enter the competition with their project within two categories:

1. Best innovating project favoring access to a healthy diet and quality food for all, especially for people with low income.

2. Best innovating project improving people’s knowledge so that they can better choose and buy their food.

A multidisciplinary jury chaired by Dr. Laurent Chevallier, a well-known French doctor, and composed of journalists, entrepreneurs, healthy food experts, doctors and NGO leaders will be in charge of evaluating each projects and select a winner for both categories. The winners will receive a cheque of 4000 EUR and the two organisers will develop a communications plan for the projects.

The Prize will be awarded during an evening ceremony of Pesticide Action Week 2016, taking place next March. Pesticide Action Week is an annual international campaign open to everyone with the aim to promote alternatives to pesticides. Next year’s theme is health.

More information on the prize For more information on Pesticide Action Week, check out the dedicated website

Originally posted on 16 December 2015

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