recorded stream from the European Parliament in Brussels:
Friday 09 November 2012, 09:30 to 16:30
9.30 - 9.45
'The social and ecological challenges: the current crisis of the global agricultural and food production systems'
Speaker: Marie-Monique Robin, Journalist and author of 'The world according Monsanto ' and 'Notre poison quotidien'
European dilemmas of agricultural research : current imbalances and future perspectives
Speaker: Dr. Les Levidow (Open University)
The European landscape of agroecology.
Speaker: Prof. Pierre Stassart (University Liège)
About: An overview about the current situation for agroecology in the European Union: best practices, examples from the ground, grassroots experiences.
The Brasilian case: experiences and evolution
Speaker: Dr. Francisco Roberto Caporal (Professor at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco - Brasil , Staff member of Agroecology and Farmer, Ex President of the Brasilian Agroecology Association (ABA))
About: The mission and vision behind agricultural policies in Brasil and how social change is enhanced
Three video testimonies followed by debate:
12.30 - 14.00
A socio-economic context for Agroecology
Speaker: Bavo Verwimp (organic farmer on 'De Kijfelaar' and agricultural economist)
About: What are the socio-economical impacts of agroecology on a micro level? How can agroecology benefit rural employment?
15.00 - 16.00
People with a big interest in agroecology and a (professional) potential to help us move to another agricultural and foodsystem were brought together for this conference. During this interactive session we want to collect paths and possibilities that each of us has or sees to ease the way towards a more agro-ecological system.
by Dirk Holemans
Closure of the conference
by Bart Staes