The Transfarmation Project® is a finalist for the Food Planet Prize — the world’s biggest environmental award!

The Transfarmation Project® recognized for prestigious award highlighting leadership in sustainable agriculture.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (June 24, 2024) — The Transfarmation Project®, or Transfarmation™, a pioneering initiative dedicated to transforming factory farming for a sustainable future, has been announced as a finalist for the Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize. This recognition underscores Transfarmation’s impactful contributions to addressing global food challenges and promoting sustainable global food production.

The Food Planet Prize, renowned for celebrating initiatives that drive positive change in food systems, acknowledges Transfarmation’s innovative approach to fostering environmentally friendly agricultural systems. As a finalist, Transfarmation™ is recognized for its commitment to creating a resilient and equitable food system that benefits people, animals and the planet.

At the core of Transfarmation’s mission is a dedication to reimagining the food system as a sustainable force, prioritizing planetary health, biodiversity and carbon sequestration. By empowering farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to transition to sustainable practices, Transfarmation™ is playing a pivotal role in mitigating the environmental impacts of factory farming and enhancing the resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change.

“Factory farming is the most environmentally destructive force in our food system,” said Tyler Whitley, director of The Transfarmation Project®. “It degrades our water, our soil, our air, wildlife, and human health. It robs our children’s children of a happy and healthy future. The shortlisting of The Transfarmation Project® for the Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize recognizes the severity of factory farming’s harm and the urgency to create solutions. Transfarmation™ is honored to be acknowledged for our contribution to building a sustainable future for people, animals, and our planet.”

“We are deeply honored to be on the short list for the prestigious Food Planet Prize; we do this work with a five-person team, so it feels extra special to be recognized by such a renowned organization with such a wide reach,” said Leah Garcés, founder of The Transfarmation Project®. “This recognition underscores our commitment to creating a resilient food system for future generations, to protecting the environment and making this world better for the animals and ourselves.”

As a finalist, Transfarmation™ will present its pioneering work on June 27 to a jury in Sweden, inviting stakeholders from around the globe to join hands in building a more resilient, equitable and thriving food system for generations to come. The winner will be selected on June 28.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Tyler Whitley, contact Ronnika A. McFall at [email protected].  

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Transfarmation™ is a farmer-led movement working to build collective power sufficient to realize a just and sustainable food system. The Transfarmation Project® does this by removing barriers for farmers aiming to transition from factory farming to raising specialty crops. The project creates models of alternative economic opportunities, building solidarity with other movements and shifting societal narratives to change culture. Learn more at