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James Beard goes sustainable

(article, Culinate staff)

James Beard, that 20th-century champion of local American foods, has long been a beloved figure on the foodie front. But until now, his name hasn't been associated with the sustainability movement.

As Kerry Trueman recently reported on Grist, the James Beard Foundation — better known for its awards and its fancy dinners at the foundation's New York townhouse — is finally embracing the sustainable-food scene:

bq. While the JBF's newfound fervor to reform our food chain may seem like a radical departure, it's really more like a homecoming. James Beard, whose influence led Julia Child to declare him "the Dean of American Cuisine," was advocating pure, regional, seasonally based home cooking half a century before Alice Waters and Michael Pollan sought to popularize that ideal.