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Voedsel Anders Conference, 2nd edition
12/02/2016 - 13/02/2016
On the 12th and 13th of February the second edition of the Voedsel Anders Conference will take place in Wageningen. FIAN Netherlands and TNI support this important conference financially and participates in the programme as part of the campaign ‘Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty’.
The conference will be accessible to non-Dutch speakers, as keynotes will be (translated) in English and in every round some workshops will be in English. Register yourself at the Voedsel Anders website.
Many people in the Netherlands and Belgium are working towards changing our food and agricultural system. Change is necessary, because the current system is depleting the soil and causes a large amount of total greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers are faced with the competitiveness of the global market, while land is often used for production of fodder and fuel, instead of local food.
Local, national and international initiatives show that a different system is within reach. We can feed the world sustainably with good and healthy food, fair prices for farmers, fishermen and citizens, while respecting the environment and biodiversity. In addition, healthy soils can help solve the problem of climate change.
The first Voedsel Anders conference at the University of Wageningen in 2014 was a great success with over 800 participants. This second edition, farmers, fishermen, citizens, scientists and grassroots organisations come together to build a contemporary, sustainable and fair food production and consumption system, with new relationships between farmers and consumers. This way, we provide creative and dynamic alternatives for the large scale and industrialized food production dictated by multinational corporations.
Would you like to learn, experience and discuss new and attainable forms of food and agriculture? Would you like to help build bridges and contribute to a more sustainable and fair system? Would you like to meet sustainable (young) farmers and fishermen, and be inspired by innovative examples from the Netherlands and abroad? Then be sure to visit this conference! For all farmers, scientists, beekeepers, students, artists, professionals, policymakers and journalists in food and agro, and any concerned and or active citizens.
Voedsel Anders (Food Otherwise) is a network of farmers, fisherfolk, scientists, beekeepers, students, artists, professionals, policymakers, journalists and other active citizens in the Netherlands and Belgium engaged in building healthy food systems. While the current agrifood system is depleting the soil and biodiversity, causes major greenhouse gas emissions and squeezes farmers out of business, many local, national and international initiatives show that there is another way. We can feed ourselves sustainably with good and healthy food that is produced regionally, with fair prices and dignified lives for farmers, fishermen and citizens, while respecting the environment and biodiversity. This is the system we promote.
The contribution of FIAN to this conference is part of the Hands on the Land campaign, which is financially supported by the European Commission. The views expressed here are ours. Read more about the issues at stake at handsontheland.net.