GREENFIELD, Mass. (April 20, 2001) – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will recognize two organic industry leaders during award ceremonies at its All Things Organic™ Conference and Trade Show in May.
The late Allen B. Shainsky, who helped found Petaluma Poultry, has been selected posthumously as OTA’s 2001 Special Pioneer for his outstanding contributions to the organic industry over his lifetime. In addition, Bill Wolf of Wolf & Associates has been chosen to receive OTA’s 2001 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.
"Allen Shainsky was all about the right thing: raising chickens the right way, running your business the right way, telling customers the truth, telling regulators and certifiers the truth, and in conducting yourself with integrity and dignity," Darrel Freitas of Petaluma Poultry wrote in nominating him for an OTA Leadership Award. Mr. Shainsky, who died in June 2000, "was thoroughly committed to excellence in his business practices, in his poultry husbandry techniques, and in support of the natural and organic food movements."
Also nominating Mr. Shainsky, Paul Gingerich of Wild Oats Markets wrote, "Allen Shainsky’s commitment to truth, integrity, and dignity, and his passion for organic standards, clearly put him in the category of Organic Pioneer."
Nominating Bill Wolf for the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, Joseph Smillie of Quality Assurance International wrote, "Bill has led, served, and helped vision the entire organic industry, from farmer, to certifier, to manufacturer, and trade association. Through all of this he has never used his information in order to selfishly advance only his own position. Bill has committed his life to the advancement of soil, earthworms, and the organic food industry."
In past years, OTA’s Board of Directors has selected one individual, inside or outside the organic industry, who has demonstrated leadership and vision in furthering the goals of organic agriculture for the OTA Leadership Award. This is the first year that OTA has solicited nominations for a variety of award categories. Nominees were then judged for a) demonstrating personal commitment, leadership and vision beyond the requirements of his or her position of employment, b) achieving identifiable and lasting changes to promote and protect organic agriculture and trade, c) inspiring and persuading others to advance the cause of organic agriculture and trade, and d) being recognized for work in organic agriculture and trade.
Recipients of OTA’s Leadership Award are honored with a hand-blown glass planet by well-known artist Josh Simpson.Both awards will be presented at OTA’s annual dinner and awards ceremony Saturday evening, May 19. Dinner tickets are required for the event. Tickets may be ordered when attendees fill out their conference registration forms.
April 20, 2001
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