The BERTEBOS prize
The Foundation has instituted two different BERTEBOS Prizes. In 1996 the Prize awarded by the ROYAL ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, Kungliga Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien (KSLA), was founded and in 2007 an other Prize was instituted, awarded by the Halland Academy.
The BERTEBOS Prize in co-operation with the KSLA
The BERTEBOS prize was instituted in 1996. It is distributed by the ROYAL ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY for highly qualified, pioneering development methods referring to food, agriculture, animal health or ecology. The prize is distributed every second year.
The ROYAL ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY has been asked to appoint the prize-winner and the prize is handed over at a ceremony on the 28th January every year, on the name-day of the King, Karl. The prize amounts to 400,000 SEK and the persons handing over the prize have been, so far, King Carl XVI Gustav, Crown Princess Viktoria, Princess Lilian and Princess Christina.
Prize winner 2022
Professor Rodomiro Ortiz Ríos, Lomma
"Who, by using new molecular scientific methods, has been a driving force in the breeding of crops of great importance for food supply in America, Africa and Europe."
Professor Ortiz is an internationally renowned researcher who combines impressive breadth in plant genetics with specialization in quantitative genetics and the use of new molecular scientific methods for practical plant breeding.
One project in which Ortiz has been a driving force is the processing of sweet potatoes with high nutritional value, intended for cultivation in southern Africa to combat vitamin A deficiency in the area.
Ortiz has been a professor at SLU's Department of Plant Breeding since 2011.
The BERTEBOS Prize in co-operation with the Halland Academy
The BERTEBOS Prizes in co-operation with the Halland Academy were instituted in 2007. They are distributed by the Halland Academy to persons, associations or institutions found to have a potential for performing commendable contributions to the future of the food sector in Halland. From 2015, the Halland Academy shares a prize of SEK 50 000 against the previous two prizes of SEK 25 000 each. The award ceremony takes place in connection with with the Halland Academy's celebration ceremony.
Prize winner 2022
Lars Paulsson, Kvarngården i Hässlås, Långås
The academy wants to recognize the farmer Lars Paulsson, who has worked for many years to make his farm fossil-free. They have been producing their own electricity from cow manure in a biogas facility since 2012.
The biogas that is not used for electricity is upgraded into biofuel and sold at a dedicated station on his farm. Therefore, the farm has its own electricity supply, liquid manure for direct spreading, and hygienized bedding material for the animals.
As a result, the climate is the big winner, as biogas reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to an environmental improvement of approximately 180% in reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The initiator, as he himself describes, is a simple farm boy who has gradually learned, with tremendous energy, determination, and knowledge, and has created the best of both worlds.
This is a testament to how we all have much to learn and can find the obvious in life while living in harmony with nature.