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14
Oct
2021
 
5:30 am - 7:00 pm

Most people know very little about the process of food production and distribution deliver to our tables. There is an important lack of information on the factors that come into play along the food chain and the social and environmental impacts of the current food system.

About the event:

The food industry is one of the main factors behind biodiversity loss and the worsening of global inequalities. We aim to contribute to a better understanding of the food system as a tool for social change. It is vital to understand the different processes and exercise critical thinking, as actors in the agri-food system become aware, act, and demand change.

These project will be decided into sessions that will have a European focus, but also a global one, as global is the agri-food business and, above all, its impacts. The Common Agricultural Policy and the different European strategies and policies (From Farm to Fork) will be present throughout this series of roundtables in September/ October and with the speakers we will try to analyse their positive and negative aspects regarding the topics discussed.

 

Programme:

4. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY VERSUS CORPORATE CONTROL

The logic of liberalism applied to agri-food markets has led to the accumulation of political and economic power by a small group of actors in critical sectors of the food chain.

Powerful agricultural companies dictate the rules for the functioning of the entire system. They exercise influence on policy-makers to boost policies that promote a productivity-based form of agriculture, neglecting any form of environmental responsibility or social justice.

Who’s in charge of making these decisions and in whose interests? How do these corporations exercise power? What is the EU doing to control this power and guarantee food sovereignty? Is food sovereignty compatible with free-market models as we know them today? Are there economic alternatives? In this session, we will try to delve deeper into the web of interests that are endangering food sovereignty and security.

Speakers:
* Vandana Shiva
one of the most influential women in the field of ecology and ecofeminism. PhD in Physics,
philosopher and writer, she has received numerous awards such as the Right Livelihood Award,
the UN Global 500 Award and the Sanctuary Wildlife Award..
* Sofía Monsalve
Secretary General of FIAN International where she coordinated the land and natural resources
programme for more than 15 years. She is also a member of the IPES-Food expert panel.
* Geneviève Savigny
Member of the European Economic and Social Committee. Former national secretary of the
Confédération paysanne (farmers’ confederation) and former member of the European
coordination committee of Via Campesina.
Moderation:
* Carolina García
Member of the Board of Trustees of Transición Verde. Journalist and political scientist, she is
currently communications coordinator at Alianza por la Solidaridad- ActionAid.

Practicalities:

Where: Online platform – ZOOM

Time and date: 14 October, 17:30-19:00 PM CET

Language: Simultaneous translation to English

Audience: these series of webinars are open for the general public

Registrations: Registrations are now open <<<


This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Transición Verde and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event.

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