By Alison Blackmore
On July, 28 2012 Brother Dave Andrews, Senior Representative for Food and Water Watch and a member of Nourishing the Planet’s advisory group, will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award for his commitment to enhancing the life of rural people. The award is the highest honor given by the Rural Sociology Society, a professional social science association founded in 1937 with the intent of improving the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.
Brother Dave Andrews, recipient of the Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award. (Photo credit: http://www.holycross brothers.blogspot.com/)
Andrews has worked for over 30 years on sustainable development, food and water issues, and public policy, both nationally and internationally, and has a long-standing commitment to bettering the spiritual, social, and economic lives of rural people.
Since the 1970s, Andrews has dedicated his life to ensuring that the dignity of rural people is respected. As the Executive Director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference for 13 years, he supported rural Catholic congregations, worked with farm communities to determine the best way to care for the earth, and advocated on behalf of rural people on pertinent food policy issues. Today, as a senior representative for Food & Water Watch, Brother Andrews acts as a liaison to the faith community, motivating people of faith to be thoughtful and deliberate about their choices within the food system. Internationally, he represents farmer and peasant voices at various high-profile summits and meetings, including World Food Summits and the last three World Trade Organization meetings. He frequently attends UN Food and Agriculture Organization international and regional meetings on food security, and works with UN officials to advocate for justice for the most vulnerable laborers in the world’s food system.
For his relentless work on behalf of rural society, both national and internationally, Brother Andrews is well-deserving of this award and the Nourishing the Planet team is honored to congratulate him for his service.
Do you know of other outstanding people or work being done to better rural society? Let us know in the comments section!
Alison Blackmore is a research intern with Nourishing the Planet.
To read more about Dave Andrews’ work, see Meet Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group: Dave Andrews, The GMO Debate Continues, Part 1: Where Would You Like to See More Agriculture Funding Directed?, Food & Water Watch Want You to Know Your Fish, and Answering the Question: What to Eat?