EWG's Annual Earth Dinner in San Francisco celebrates EWG's achievements in shaping environmental policy, protecting consumers against toxic exposures, and providing the information to protect your and your family's health.
Our dinner this year is very special, as we will be celebrating and thanking organic food champion and pioneer, Walter Robb, longtime Co-CEO of Whole Foods, for his decades of work to grow the organic food industry. As a trailblazer in the organic retail sector, Robb played an instrumental role in the explosive growth of organic food, which over the course of his career went from being at the margins of the U.S. food system to becoming a driving force for healthier farming and healthier food. According to The Organic Trade Association, U.S. organic sales posted a new record of $43.3 billion in 2015, up 11 percent from 2014 and far outgrowing the total food market's growth rate of 3 percent. As anyone in the organic food industry will tell you, Robb's leadership played a major role in the success of America's first green industry.
As organic food continues to gain popularity in the U.S., consumers still wonder why in a time with so much demand are we not farming more of our land organically, in ways that protect the environment, farmers and farm workers, and human health.
EWG's Courage Award honors individuals who take a stand and take a chance - often against great odds - and end up making extraordinary contributions to the well-being of our planet and the health of all of its inhabitants.
Courage, vision, creativity, boldness, resolve, integrity and selflessness ... these are some of the characteristics that come to mind when we describe recipients of EWG's Courage Award. Walter Robb embodies these essential qualities, and we are proud to recognize him this year.
Stacey Dunn-Emke & John Gnuse
Holly & Jim Farrell
Christine & Curtis Gardner
Jennifer & David Hatfield
Meg Cadoux & Gary Hirshberg
Nina Montée & Harvey Karp
Maggie & Carter Mack
Carol & John McDonnell
Sheila & Paul Nahi
Liza & Drummond Pike
Laura & Rutherford Seydel
Serena Torrey & Theodore Roosevelt V