The International Prize conceived by Gino
Girolomoni to award those who contributed, through their activities, to the improvement of
living and conditions of the farmers, a class always considered as marginal by the institutions, was
this year awarded to Guy Watson, the 'peasant at the door'. Guy invented, at the end of the 80s, the
'organic box scheme', the door to door delivery of seasonal organic products. An initiative then
taken up, in the following years, in many other countries, including Italy.
The award was handed
in to the winner by Giovanni Battista Girolomoni, a son of Gino Girolomoni, 'founding father' of the
The 'Farmer's Friend' prize, established in 2007, was awarded in that year
to Joseph Wilhelm (Germany), founder of the famous cooperative Rapunzell, in 2008 to
Victoria Perez (France) and Corrado Barberis (Italy, distinguished rural sociologist), in 2009 to
Ibrahim Abouleish (Egypt) founder of Sekem, a unique Egyptian biodynamic company born in the desert,
in 2010 to the founding father of the Israeli organic agriculture, Mario Levi, in 2011 to
Vandana Shiva, and finally in 2012 to the Italian economist Luciano Vasapollo.
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