The Panel of Judges has been chosen to achieve balance between heart and reason in the selection of award winners : there should indeed be science to check that the projects submitted pass muster, but also enthusiasm towards the project initiators and the beauty of their work.
Appointed Panel members were :
Véronique Chable - President of the Panel
Researcher at INRA in Rennes for 30 years.
She supports the renewal of the cultivated biodiversity for organic and peasant agriculture through participatory research projects aimed at discovering genetic resources, improving varieties, and promoting farmers' seeds and methods of selection based on varieties-populations, by addressing their soil to plate performance, in partnership with various local producer associations.
Cook, runs a restaurant in Larçay in Touraine (37), the "Chandelles Gourmandes (Gourmet Candles)”, where he uses only fresh local products (no freezer, no vacuum), strongly interacting with a local network of producers, of which he supports the activities.
Gilles is a former technician of France Telecom, who is passionate about pomology and maintains an orchard of ancient fruits in Aurec-sur-Loire in France.
Franco Weibel is a swiss researcher in agronomy. Previously member of the FIBL scientific council ( Swiss research institute in organic agriculture), he is now responsible for a program to support specialty crops at the agricultural station of the Basel canton (Leiter Landwirtschaftliches Zentrum Ebenrain)