OUR FUTURE: FAIR & HEALTHY FOOD
A systemic crisis permeates our food and agricultural sector. Food, turned into a commodity to generate profit, feeds the pockets 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. Contemporary and customary practices of collective governance (a.k.a. commons) point to alternative ways to allocate resources, other than for-profit markets and state regulations. More and more cities put this vision in practice in concrete urban food policies. It is now time for a new EU policy that reflects and supports this holistic vision.
9:30 Words of welcome by Petra De Sutter (MEP Greens/EFA)
9:45 Fair & healthy food: presentation GEF paper by Kati Van de Velde (Think Tank Oikos)
10:10 Our food as a commons: Jose Luis Vivero Pol (scholar, Head WFP VAM Myanmar)
10:35 Towards ecologically & socially resilient food and agriculture systems by Kees Vendrik (Triodos Bank)
11:35 Diversity & inclusion in food practices: Deirdre Woods (food justice practitioner & researcher)
12:00 Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU by Olivier De Schutter (Co-chair of IPESFood)
12:25 Urban food policy: the city of Gent by Tine Heyse (Alderwoman city of Ghent)
13:15 Closing remarks by Dirk Holemans (Green European Foundation)
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