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Food Otherwise Conference – February 21 & 22

– Towards fair and sustainable food and agricultural systems – – ASEED will be present with three workshops – Voedselanders-banner-430Increasing numbers of farmers, consumers, scientists and civil society organizations are working towards a contemporary, sustainable and fair way of producing food. They help develop new relationships between farmer and consumer. They offer creative, dynamic and diverse alternatives to large-scale, anonymous and industrialized food production and the increasing influence of transnational corporations. Two years after the European conference on Food Sovereignty the time has come for a conference that is aimed at the Netherlands. Also ASEED is involved with three workshops in the full and super interesting programme.


Workshops with a contribution of ASEED: Seeds: patents versus breeder rights versus free farmer seeds; what serves sustainable agriculture and diversity the most? (This workshop will be given in Dutch) Seeds are essential in agriculture. Patents on crops is a threat to breeders, farmers, gardeners and sustainable agriculture. But what sort of regulation is the most desirable one, and how to get it on the agenda? At the start of the workshop René Groenen (Kultursaat/Bingenheimer Saatgut), Keimpe van der Heide (Nederlandse Akkerbouwvakbond), and Maaike Raaijmakers (Stichting Zaadgoed) will shortly illuminate their positions on the matter. Subsequently all participants are free to engage in the discussion. Facilitator: Flip Vonk (ASEED). When: Friday February 21st, 16.45-18.00 Seed freedom and the EU seed legislation (This workshop will be given in English) The right to use your own seeds is a fundamental right, and the new proposal of the European Commission has encountered a lot of opposition. What is the relationship between the freedom for farmers and gardeners to use and propagate their own seeds, breeder rights, patents on seeds, and regulation of the sort that is proposed by the EU? How do we reinforce the resistance towards a proposal for a seed legislation that favours big seed corporations? When: Saturday February 22nd, 10.30-11.45 Food collectives (This workshop will be given in Dutch) Shortened food chains: how does it work in practice? Experiences of a number of CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)/food collectives in the Netherlands and Belgium: learning from each others’ mistakes/achievements. Judith Vos (Voedselkollektief Amersfoort), Meike Vierstra (ASEED/voko Groningen), Patrick de Ceuster (food teams and CSAs in Flanders). When: Saturday February 22nd, 10.30-11.45 some other interesting things on the programme: Keynote speakers: Vandana Shiva, scientist and activist Olivier de Schutter, UN rapporteur on the Right  to Food Pablo Tittonell, Farming Systems Ecology, WageningenUniversity Hanny van Geel, of  La Via Campesina Europa, farmer Translation English-Dutch and Dutch Englishprovided in the plenary sessions. Some workshops in English. Workshops and discussions around several themes, such as: Local  food networks Agro-ecology Seeds and biodiversity Fair Trade and Agricultural policies Closed-loop agriculture Urban agriculture Permaculture / food forests Land rights Do you want to learn, experience, think about and discuss new and accessible forms of food and agriculture? Do you want to help both with bridging gaps and with working towards a more sustainable and fair food and agricultural system? Get to know sustainable (young) farmers? Get inspired by innovative examples from the Netherlands, Flanders and abroad? Come to this two day conference in Wageningen on the 21st and 22nd of February 2014! Costs: € 50 for two days (€ 25 for students and low incomes), excursions and coffee and tea included. (Lunch and dinner can be bought on the site). If you register now (no payment obligations yet) you will receive a notification by the end of January when the programme is definite. Please register on voedselanders.nl. voedselanders-flyerThe conference is supprted by ActionAid, ASEED, Both ENDS, Cordaid, ELPG, ETC, FIAN Nederland, Greenpeace, Hivos, ICCO, ILEIA, Louis Bolk Instituut, Milieudefensie, OtherWise, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Solidarité, Platform Aarde Boer Consument, Stichting RUAF, Stichting Boerengroep, Transnational Institute, Urgenda, Leerstoelgroep Rurale Sociologie WUR, Velt, Wervel en Youth Food Movement.