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)
* Pilar Andrés – tbc
Senior Researcher at the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (CREAF). Research affiliate at the Institute for Environmental Sciences and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
* Concha Fabeiro
President of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture/Agroecology (SEAE). Professor of Plant Production at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
* Andrzej Nowakowski
Advisor on Agriculture and Rural Development for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament
* Example of soil regeneration: Zael Farm -tbc
Soil Scientist, conservationist, agronomist with 30 of experience in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Netflix movie ”Kiss the ground”
Moderation: Dolores Raigón
Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture/Agroecology (SEAE)
2. THE WATER CHALLENGE (28 September)
* Pedro Arrojo
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
* Pedro García
Director of Asociación de Naturalistas del Sureste (the Southeastern Naturalists’ Association)
* Celsa Peiteado
WWF Sustainable Food and Agriculture Policy Officer
Moderation: Julia Martínez
Coordinator of Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua (Foundation for a New Culture of Water)
3. THE HIDDEN COST OF CHEAP FOOD (7 October)
* Olga Kikou
European Affairs Manager at Compassion in World Farming
* Nazaret Castro
Journalist, PhD in Social Sciences and co-founder of Carro de Combate, a collective dedicated to independent journalism, which investigates the origin of the products we consume.
* Natasha Hurley – tbc
Campaign Manager Changing Markets.
* Thomas Waitz
Co-chair of the European Green Party, MEP in the Greens/EFA Group, European Parliament
Moderation: Lidia Ucher
Journalist specialising in social communication in the field of cooperation, the third sector and ecology.
4. FOOD SOVEREIGNTY VERSUS CORPORATE CONTROL (14 October)
* Vandana Shiva
Indian physicist, philosopher, writer and Indian activist
* Sofía Monsalve
Secretary General of FIAN International and member of the IPES-Food expert panel
* Geneviève Savigny -tbc
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, journalist and member of the board of Transición Verde
5. THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF AGROECOLOGY (21 october)
* Friends of the Earth Spain
* Aina Calafat, SEAE
Head of international projects of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture/Agroecology
* Margarita Hernández
Technician at the Canary Islands Institute of Agri-food Quality (ICCA) and coordinator of the Ecocomedores (eco canteens) programme.
* Raquel Ramírez -tbc
Association El Colletero (La Rioja)
* Ana Corredoira -tbc
Biologist and organic livestock farmer
Moderation: Helena Cifre
Coordinator of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture/Agroecology
Where: Online platform – ZOOM
Time and date: 17:30-19:00 PM CET
- 21st September
- 28th September
- 7th October
- 14th October
- 21st October
Audience: these series of webinars are open for the general public
Registrations will start shortly <<
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.