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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.
SESSIONS (from 17:30 to 19:00):
1. PROTECTING THE SOIL: THE GREAT CHALLENGE FOR AGRICULTURE (21 September)
Few people know about soil biodiversity. Life belowground is very varied, from genes and species and the communities they form to soil micro-habitats and larger landscapes.
Soil is largely forgotten when we talk about the environmental crisis, despite the fact that it is vital to feed humanity. Besides, it is a huge storehouse of carbon and our ally in the face of climate change.
Industrial agriculture in particular is degrading soils, contributing to their desertification and putting food security at serious risk. Proposals such as regenerative agriculture seek to favour their natural cycles and their recovery.
In the first session of this series of events, we will try to get to know and understand the functioning of this universe full of life that is hidden under our feet. We will explore how industrial agriculture is damaging it and
how we can regenerate life belowground so that soils can keep sustaining the world.
* Pilar Andrés
Senior Researcher at the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (CREAF). She
has participated in the EU Soil Biodiversity Atlas (2016) and in the FAO report on the state of soil
biodiversity worldwide (2020).
* Ray Archuleta
Soil scientist and a soil conservationist, water quality specialist and conservation agronomist, with
30 years experience working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ray is one of the
experts involved in the Netflix documentary “Kiss the ground”.
* Andrzej Nowakowski
Advisor on Agriculture and Rural Development for the Greens/EFA group in the European
Parliament where he is completing the CAP 2021 reform.
* Andrés Gómez
Agricultural engineer and educator accredited in holistic management by the Savory Institute. He
is the owner of Granja Zael, a young regenerative livestock and 100% grass-fed beef project in
* Dolores Raigón
Expert in organic production, Professor of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry. Vice-President
of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology (SEAE)
Where: Online platform – ZOOM
Time and date: 17:30-19:00 PM CET
- 21st September
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.