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Generations Futures – Initiatives for promoting healthy and accessible food awarded in France

Generations Futures and Familiale Mutuelle, a French not-for-profit health insurance company launched a prize which aims is to raise awareness of projects that offer solutions to providing healthy food that is accessible to everyone. The awards ceremony took place on 21 March 2016.

To the sound a small jazz band in the Hotel de Ville in Paris, cheques for 4,000 EUR each were presented to winners of “Prix de l’alimentation saine et accessible - De la sante dans nos paniers” (The healthy and accessible food prize – health in our baskets). The initiative is the idea of Soleane Duplan, Assistant Secretary General of Mutuelle Familiale who said it had come about because of a widespread complaint that organic food was too expensive for many people. The organisers were delighted to receive entries from a total of 56 projects demonstrating the wide range of ways to challenge this lack of accessibility.

One prize was aimed at projects targeting those on small budgets. It went to Bocal Local, launched by a woman who had been forced to let the produce of her garden rot during a summer when her husband was ill. She opened her garden to the unemployed to harvest fruit and vegetables who then make it available in hostels or for making jams. Her organisation encourages others to do the same. A second prize, aimed at increasing knowledge about a healthy diet, went to Exchange pour une terre solidaire, which provides tens of thousands of people in Picardie with information about a balanced diet, seasonality, local production, avoiding waste, and organic farming.

In opening the event, Bernard Jomier, Assistant to the Mayor of Paris responsible for health, said: “This prize makes the link between food, health and the environment. This is important because the big changes in health over the next 10-15 years will come from the environment and prevention – from improvements in the air we breathe and the way we eat.”

Originally posted on 22 April 2016

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