Food4all festival and more … – presented to you by Grassroots science and partners

food4allWhat are the current challenges facing our food systems. And what can be done? Get a taste of the problems and solutions at the 2nd edition of the Food4all festival. Part of the festival are: a regional farmers’ market, a documentary on Monsanto, a book presentation, and a dinner with music and gastronomic film. Later this year, a 2 day training on the right to food, agroecology and food sovereignty. For more information see the programme below or visit www.grassrootsscience.nl.

Grassroots science & partners are: OtherWise, ILEIA, Boerengroep, Lazuur, Fian, Transition Towns and Project EAT. Contact: leonardo.vandenberg@wur.nl

Also opportunities offered for MSc-thesis research, internship and Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) in 2nd educational period.

REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET AND AUTUMN DINNER FEAST: Sat 12 October, 16.30h, Kielekampsteeg 32

Get your supply of fresh, organic goodies directly from local farmers. Feed your mind with inspiration during one of the mini-lectures on an edible academic garden (EAT), community based markets (lazuur) and agroecological initives in the Netherlands. Watch short films on young innovative farmers. Treat your ears to a special performance of the Skip Pickers, Wageningen’s homegrown eclectic combination of musical styles. And savour a 5 euro meal made up of local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients (prior reservation at www.grassrootsscience.nl is required for a meal).

DOCUMENTARY: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO: Mon 14 October, 20.30h, Movie-W, Wilhelminaweg 3

Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms, as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This centuryold empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts. Today, Monsanto likes to style itself as a “life sciences” company. It claims it wants to solve world hunger while protecting the environment. But the history of Monsanto is filled with disturbing episodes. Behind its clean, green image, Monsanto is tightening its grasp on the world seed market, striving for market supremacy to the detriment of food security and the global environment.Nikita Shahbazi of FIAN Netherlands will provide a short introduction on the film and on the Human Right to Food.

BOEKPRESENTATIE: TEGEN BETER WETEN IN (in Dutch): Tue 15 October, 20h, bblthk, Stationsstraat 2

Dick Hollander (voormalig biologische tuinder en wijnbouwer) introduceert het boek ‘Tegen beter weten in’ over de geschiedenis van de biologische landbouw, en geeft zijn visie op de huidige stand van zaken rondom landbouw en voeding. Joost Visser (onderzoeker) licht in een reactie toe dat elke soort landbouw, welke ook, afhangt van de goede diensten van het ecosysteem en de bodem. Hij vraagt zich af: kunnen we eigenlijk wel anders dan ‘biologisch boeren’? Inclusief vertoning van een korte film over een jonge, innovatieve biologische boer in Nederland.

POLITICAL CAFE – FOOD4ALL: FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN PRACTICE: Wed 16 October, 20h, The Spot, Orion, Campus

On World Food Day, thinkers and practitioners share perspectives in an informal conversation. How can the world’s growing population feed itself? How are we bringing agro-ecology and food sovereignty into practice around the world? Fiona Morris of Transition Towns will interview a variety of guests including:

  • Isabel Pepin (La Via Campesina Belgium)
  • Steve Sherwood (farmer and lecturer in Ecuador)
  • Pablo Tittonell (professor in Farm Systems Ecology at WUR)
  • Corneel van Rijn (farmer at Boerderij Buitenverwachting)

FOOD4ALL AFTERPARTY: DINNER, MUSIC AND FILM: Thurs 17 October, 18h onwards. Vreemde Streken, 1e Kloosterweg 3

The talented chefs of Vreemde Streken serve a healthy and delicious, locally sourced eco dinner for 10 euro (children half-price). Singer-songwriter Henk Boogaard will treat you to an intermezzo of comic songs on fruits and vegetables. At 20.00h we will screen the ‘gastronomic pleasure’ film Calabria to California (http://vimeo.com/20474542). The beautiful film ‘Calabria to California’ is set in two regions blessed with a Mediterranean climate: Calabria, Italy and California, USA. Villagers from Castelsilano and artisan food producers from northern California compare their stories of pleasure, modernity, knowledge, loss, business economics, and the future. The two regions are distinguished by different histories of agricultural knowledge and business practices, but share a passion for food-culture, and a sense of loss in the livelihoods and values of people today. The two narratives are shared side by side. After the film, the director Jennifer Kendzior will be available for a Q&A session.

TRAINING ON THE HUMAND RIGHT TO FOOD, AGROECOLOGY AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: 9-10 November, Building with the clock, Generaal Foulkesweg 37, Wageningen

Gaining Control over our Food Systems: a training on the Human Right to Food, Agroecology and Food Sovereignty is an intensive training weekend for people who would like to learn more about concepts that can help make agriculture and food systems more sustainable and democratic and who are eager to engage in food and farming campaigns. In this interdisciplinary and interactive training you will learn more about the right to food, agroecology and food sovereignty. Reservation required beforehand. Be quick, only a few places left.

GARDENING COURSE: Thurs 12th December, 9.30 – 16.30, Building with the clock, Generaal Foulkesweg 37, Wageningen

Grow organic vegetables in your own backyard: Possible, healthy and great fun! Do you want to learn how to start growing your own organic vegetables in one day? Then don’t miss this opportunity! This a day in which experienced organic vegetable grower Janneke Tops teaches you to understand how it works and how to start. At the end of the day you will get personal advise on your garden wishes so that you can start right away! Especially beginners and people with some gardening experience will benefit from this day. Reservation required beforehand. Costs are €50, student pay €35.

AGROECOLOGY: THESIS, INTERNSHIPS AND ACT: ACT on ‘Green Stable’ at biological farm ‘Veld en Beek’ Period 2

‘Veld en Beek’, a biological farm nearby Wageningen is constructing on a short term a new free range cow stable with a transparent roof which they want to use in the wintertime for the cows and in the summertime to grow horticultural crops. Their main research question is: How can we combine a cow stable with a greenhouse? Interested subscribe to the Academic Consultancy Traning (ACT) on the request in period 2. Check out the movie for more information! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irrPL5zKLp4. For internship and thesis on agroecology visit www.st-otherwise.org or send a mail to otherwise@wur.nl

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