11/03/2008 – The first Edition of the Green Awards 2008 was carried out last Thursday in the Bancaja Cultural Centre. With a good attendance and presence of numerous personalities from both political and cultural Valencian background, the awards, unique in Spain, were delivered to widely known public figures such as Santiago Cañizares, Jacques Diouf and Montse Bradford; prestigious institutions including the Paediatric Service of the Vall d´ Hebron Hospital and Slow Food; and corporations such as Integral magazine, Mas de Noguera and Catering 45.
The Green Awards 2008, that lead the efforts of the Valencian Community towards intelligent food habits, were delivered by Sílvia Ordiñaga, General Director of Trade and Consumer Affairs, who expressed the need to promote responsible consumer habits. The Town Councillor of Trade and Consumer Affairs in Valencia, Mª Jesús Puchalt, presented the award to Montse Bradford – rewarding her for the remarkable personal contribution in favour of responsible food behaviours and sustainable development. Carmen Alborch, Socialist Senator and former minister of the Culture Department, also presented the Green Award to the non- governmental organization Slow Food.
Other individuals/institutions prized were the Paediatric Service of the Hospital Materno Infantil Vall d’Hebron, who received the award that satisfied a Scientific Unit for their work to solve child obesity through the program “Niños en movimiento” (Moving Children). This prize was presented to Norma Irene García, psychologist of the mentioned program, by Dr. José Miguel Soriano, from the Nutritional Department of the University of Valencia. The award voted for Communication and Mass Media went to the magazine called ‘Integral’ for its work in the field of natural health and wise food habits. Montse Cano, the Director of the magazine, was the recipient of the award, which was handed out by Lola Català i Codonyer, honorary president of the José Navarro Foundation.
These awards, designed by the sculptor Toni Marí¬, are aimed at recognising the excellence of these individuals and organisations that have developed an outstanding activity of research, education and promotion of responsible food actions and their effect on sustainable development, as a mechanism for promoting intelligent food practices within our society.