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28
Sep
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.

 

The Water Challenge Programme:

According to the FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture 2020 report, available freshwater resources per person have decreased by more than 20% in the last two decades.

1.2 billion people live in agricultural areas with severe water availability constraints. The agricultural sector and industrial livestock farming are largely responsible for this both through their high water
consumption and the pollution of aquifers they cause.

Climate change is affecting rainfall patterns and jeopardising food security in the most vulnerable areas of the planet. We can say that we are facing a global water crisis. Increasingly, the water transition and fair and sustainable management of water is essential.

In this debate, we will talk about the repercussions of the water crisis on food systems. We will focus on the impact of agriculture and the implications of the CAP on water resources. We will conclude by exploring the proposals from agroecology for the protection and management of these resources. As an example of the impact on aquatic ecosystems, we will look at the case of the Mar Menor (Spain).

Speakers:

* Pedro García
Director of Asociación de Naturalistas del Sureste (the Southeastern Naturalists’ Association). He
has been environmental technician in the local administration for more than 20 years
* Celsa Peiteado
Agricultural engineer and head of the Food Programme at WWF Spain where she coordinates
policy work for agroecological transition to Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems.
* Concha Fabeiro
President of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology (SEAE). Professor of
Plant Production at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

Moderation:
* Julia Martínez
PhD in Biology and technical director of Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua (Foundation for a New
Culture of Water

 

Practicalities:

Where: Online platform – ZOOM

Time and date:  28th September

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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