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9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Bâtiment Paul Henri Spaak, Rue Wiertz 60
Bruxelles, 1047

Join us for our conference in the European Parliament, with experts on food policy to explore alternative urban food policies that are sustainable and just!

About the Event

A systemic crisis permeates our food and agricultural sector. Food, turned into a commodity to generate profit, feeds the greed of the few rather than the stomachs of the many in a healthy way. Decades of yield maximization and export-oriented monocultures in a globalising economy have broken our food and agricultural chain. Business-as-usual has become impossible.

But the tide is changing. More and more research and policy reports and practices point to a hopeful alternative approach to food and agriculture: Agroecology, as an integrated vision, aims to reconnect soil, plants, animals and humans with the environment. It integrates the social dimension of a fair and sustainable food system. At the same time, more and more cities put this vision in practice in concrete urban food policies. It is now the time for a new EU policy, reflecting and supporting this holistic vision.


09:00 Registration

09:30 Words of welcome by  by Dirk Holemans (Green European Foundation)

09:45 Fair & healthy food: presentation of GEF paper by Kati Van de Velde (Think Tank Oikos)

10:05 Our food as a commons: Jose Luis Vivero Pol (scholar, Head WFP VAM Myanmar)

10:25 Towards ecologically & socially resilient food and agriculture systems by Thomas Van Craen (CEO Triodos Bank)

11:20 Diversity & inclusion in food practices: Deirdre Woods (food justice practitioner & researcher)


11:40 Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU by Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair of IPESFood)

12:00 How to build a better world: Challenges & opportunities in the global governance of food security by Mario Arvelo (Dominican Ambassador to the UN in Rome & Chair of the Committee on World Food Security)

12:20 Urban food policy: the city of Gent by Tine Heyse (Alderwoman city of Ghent)

12:40 Reaction by Paulo Caruso de Lima (Liaison Officer, FAO Brussels) and Q&A with the audience

13:00 Closing remarks by Petra De Sutter (MEP Greens/EFA)

13:30 End




Entrance to this event is free, but spaces are limited and registration is required.

If you would like to attend this event, please register via the form found here. 


Bâtiment Paul Henri Spaak, Rue Wiertz 60
Bruxelles, 1047

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