09 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium
Our current food and agricultural system isn’t sustainable. Increasing urban sprawl and population is putting extreme pressure on agriculture. Unequal distribution of food resources, climate change and environmental abuse, and the rapid degradation of biodiversity are all synonymous with agriculture. There is an urgent need to rethink the global food distribution.
Bart Staes, MEP for the Greens, together with a group of Belgian academics has taken the initiative to organise an international conference on agroecology, that is a more sustainable agriculture and food model that can lessen the impact on the environment and biodiversity. While the group acknowledge that agroecology will not solve all problems it is hoped that the potential of agroecology as a science, agricultural practice and social movement is underestimated and is not seriously considered as an answer to the current food crisis.
Some may argue that agriculture is not an urban issue but the food crisis is applicable to every citizen. It is important that the European community work together to ensure that food can be produced in the most sustainable manner and that we share responsibility.
“The potential of agroecology: Reclaiming the food crisis” will take place in the European Parliament on the 9th of November. The day long conference will provide a forum of discussion for European leaders to identify changes that can be made to the food distribution industry. The outcomes of the conference will hopefully influence policy makers to make positive, global change.
For more information on this event visit http://www.greens-efa.eu/the-potential-of-agroecology-7300.html