Organic Valley founder wins another award
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George Siemon, founder and CEO of Organic Valley, has been awarded a Growing Green Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Siemon, who founded the farmers cooperative in 1988, is one of four "remarkable food visionaries" to receive the award for their "trailblazing work to make our food systems healthier and more sustainable," according to a statement from the council.
An independent panel selected the four winners from a pool of 250 candidates that included diverse growers, business leaders and food change agents across the country.
A press release from the council says this about Siemon, who received the Business Leader Award:
"As CEO of Organic Valley for the last 25 years, George Siemon has led the way in organizing organic farmers, securing fair pay prices, and building market demand for organic foods. Under Siemon’s leadership, Wisconsin-based Organic Valley has grown into one of the nation’s leading organic brands and America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, representing more than 1,700 families nationwide. Notably, Siemon was instrumental in developing the national organic standards for USDA Organic certification. His entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to sustainable agriculture illuminates how businesses can successfully learn from nature and be change agents in defense of our natural resources."
More information: http://www.organicvalley.coop/
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