Between 25 and 27 October 2017, Friends of the Earth Europe is
participating in the First Agroecology Europe Forum in Lyon, France.
The Forum brings together various actors such as scientists,
practitioners, social movements, civil society and policy makers to facilitate
knowledge sharing and common action.
Their discussions are aiming to tackle global challenges related to
environmental problems and consumer and citizen expectations to have
sustainable, healthy food. The forum’s integrative approach consolidates
knowledge from a broad variety of actors, recognising the knowledge of
small-scale producers as a key to transition towards agroecology in order to
create new initiatives and to formulate policy recommendations for new pathways
towards sustainable agricultural and food systems. As part of this, the
creation of an inclusive European community of professionals, practitioners,
and more generally citizens interested in agroecology should emerge.
Friends of the Earth Europe will be involved in workshops on
policies for agroecology, shaping the narrative of the topic, recognising the
role of consumers and embedding the debate on agroecology in the broader vision
of food sovereignty.
Stanka Becheva, food and farming campaigner at Friends of the Earth
“Agroecology is an alternative to the industrialised food system. It
questions the logic and power relations that underpin current agricultural
production and instead promotes small-scale sustainable farming that is attuned
to local ecosystems. This is why it is important that civil society
organisations work with producers, researchers and policy makers to build up
these alternatives and give citizens the opportunity to eat sustainable,
healthy food, produced independently of big corporations.”
The event will hopefully create better links between different
actors involved in creating agroecology and many ideas for actions to do so
More information about the forum can be found here.