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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.
09:30 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)
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