In memoriam - Victor Ananias

By Cornucopia | March 17, 2011

Victor Ananias, the founder of Turkish organic association Buğday, died at the age of 40 on 2 March. Of mixed Chilean-Turkish parentage, he was born in Switzerland and grew up in Germany, before moving to Turkey with his family during his teens. Beginning in 1990 with a stall selling organic produce, he went on to set up a shop, a restaurant, and finally an entire movement dedicated to organic and sustainable produce. Since 2006, the weekly organic market in Şişli, Istanbul has flourished under his aegis, and others have sprung up across Turkey. He was buried in Bodrum, where his business started, leaving behind his mother, his eleven year-old son Ali and his partner Günesin; over two thousand people attended the funeral. As the message on the Buğday website put it, "Victor gave us the inspiration, the motivation and he showed us that if you put your heart in it, anything is possible. For that, we are forever thankful." Victor Ananias, 1971-2011.

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