25 June: Allemaal Lokaal excursion to dairy farm

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Importing soy from Latin America, so that we can feed our cows in Europe and eat cheap meat. Most people are not in favour of this production method. But what to do?

Farmer Gerjo and gardener Fred from the dairy farm Ruimzicht have one mission: to have a 100% local production system with care and attantion for the animals, the people and the environment. Their vision is to work as locally as possible, sponsor – and empower – the local economy, instead of the multinationals. They sell ‘amazon free milk and meat’ since the cows are fed with locally produced food. Moreover the farm generates its own energy and sells its products locally: in the farm shop, in the region via veggy bags and part of the cheese goes to Germany. Join the excursion to hear the full story! There’s also lots of food to taste, jummie!

Curious? Join the EXCURSION to taste some wonderful local food! We will depart from Wageningen by car. This day “Allemaal Lokaal” (everyone local) is organised by Milieudefensie, Boerengroep and RUW Foundation.

REGISTER HERE

Date: 25 June, Register before June 21st!
Costs: donation to farmer
Location: Ruimzicht (boerderijruimzicht.nl)
More info: website Allemaal Lokaal

Also want to go local in your daily life? Check out locally produced veggies, meat, dairy, fruit and much more! boerengroep.nl/topics/local-products

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27 June: Orphans of the Land

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Jessica Milgroom (WUR) presents the documentary Orphans of the Land dealing with land grabbing and resettlement in Mozambique. She will give a short presentation beforehand and after the screening there will be a debate about development, nature conservation and people.

Tickets: for free
Location: filmhuis Movie-W (Wilhelminaweg 3A, Wageningen)

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15 June: Strengthening Farmer-led Seed Systems

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-Free entrance
-Drinks and free snacks provided
-Live stream: wurtv.wur.nl

PROGRAMME:

19:00: Doors open, drinks, small seeds market, info stands
19.30h: Opening word by Edith van Walsum (ILEIA)
Video message by Vanaja Ramprasad (India)
19.45h: Presentation by Edith Lammerts van Bueren.
20.10h: Presentation by Ronnie Vernooy
20.35h: Presentation by Rene Groenen
21.00h: Final round of Q&A
21.15h: Drinks, snacks and small seeds market
22.15h: Building closes

A panel discussion. Farmers, especially women, have been the custodians of the world’s biodiversity through saving, using, exchanging and selling seed and propagating material. The rights of farmers to do this are a core component of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, as well as their right to participate in decision making and in the sharing of benefits arising from the use of plant genetic resources.

However, only a small number of governments have established effective farmer-centred measures for the implementation of access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. Yet, there are various examples of successful farmer-led initiatives, some of which happen through a collaboration between researchers and farmers. What are the lessons of effective access and benefit sharing for family farmers?

In a panel discussion, some of the most innovative experiences will be presented and experts will share their perspectives. A special edition of Farming Matters magazine on this topic will be launched and made available to all participants. The magazine presents inspiring examples from Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Iran, India, the Netherlands, China and Zimbabwe, as well as expert perspectives on the challenges and possible solutions. Access the magazine here: http://bit.ly/1W6BFaU

At the panel discussion, professor Edith Lammerts van Bueren will talk about a unique collaborative model of potato breeding in the Netherlands. While there are other examples of collaborative relationships between farmers and breeders in Europe, the Dutch potato breeding model stands out in terms of its long track record, and the institutional integration of the relationship which up to today facilitates access to genetic materials and financial benefit sharing. The full story is published in the special issue of Farming Matters magazine that will be available at the event.

Speakers:
Edith Lammerts van Bueren (Louis Bolk Instituut)
René Groenen (farmer breeder at De Groenen Hof)
Ronnie Vernooy (Bioversity International)
Video message from Vanaja Ramprasad (Green Foundation, India)

Moderator: Robin Pistorius

Organised by:
ILEIA, Boerengroep, Louis Bolk Instituut, Bioversity International, A SEED

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21 June: Excursion to Monsanto

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Do you want to know what is happening inside the doors of Monsanto? We are most happy to announce that Monsanto Wageningen is opening its doors for Boerengroep…. Want to join us for a tour and a discussion afterwards, you can sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/0mXzytBdcz6dRHcc2

 

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June Grassroot Science: Palm Oil

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Otherwise, RUW, Boerengroep and FIAN Netherlands are organising a series of activities on the issue of Palm Oil production and consumption. This diverse programme consisting of a documentary screening, a panel debate, a Skype with local farmers and a workshop will be taking place throughout June.
Movie + Speaker
On the 8th of June Grass roots science will Kick off with a screening of Land grabbing! The documentary (Landraub) by Kurt Langbein takes a closer look into the grey shades of flex crops. Land grabbing addresses violations of land rights of local farmers under the neocolonialism phenomenon demonstrated by big land investments from international agro-business companies.
– Speaker:  A presentation about the ”flex crops” will take place, before the screening of Land Grabbing documentary, by the PhD researcher Yunan Xu.
The presentation will provide a preliminary analysis of how oil palm fits into the flex crop framework in terms of its material basis, technological feasibility and profit viability, as well as the challenging questions arise within the flex crop framework for critical transnational advocacy and campaigning efforts.
Yunan Xu is a PhD Candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Netherlands. Her research interests include industrial tree plantations, land, agrarian development, rural capitalism and food safety.
Workshop
Did you know that palm oil is hidden in cosmetics as sodium palmate but also lauryl glucoside and even coco-caprylate!? During the workshop by http://facebook.com/alternactivities you’ll make your own deodorant and toothpaste from natural and ecological ingredients.
18 June, 14.00-17.00 Clockhouse Building, €8
Register now, limited places available! Send an email to jildou.friso@wur.nl with your name and phonenumber, payment on the day itself
Panel Discussion
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is received as a true front runner in public private partnerships and as an example of innovative governance in the globalized 21st century. At the same time palm oil production is still making headlines for the substantial it has on producers, nearby communities and the environment alike.
During this paneldiscussion we will engage representatives from the RSPO department in the Netherlands, Academics and NGO representatives about the impact of the RSPO so far, how governance on palm oil production could be arranged different or how the RSPO could be improved.
June 21st 19:30
Location: To be Announced!
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28 May: DIY – Workshop how to slaughter a chicken

 

poster chicken workshopFor all of you who like to eat meat in an animal friendly way, one of the best options is to keep animals yourself and … slaughter them yourself. In this workshop we will teach you how to slaughter a chicken. The chickens are ‘organic’ (they had a wonderful time outside and have been fed with organic food). For €10,- you can follow the workshop and you can bring the chicken home for a nice local and animal friendly meal!

Date: 28 May
Time: 10:00-13:00
Costs: € 10,- (includes the chicken)
Place: Droevendaal, Common Barrack
(Note: there’s limited place available, full=full)

Sign up via: roosgeit@hotmail.com

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28 May: Festival – Long Live the Local Economy

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/ CITY COLLEGES / MURGA / TTIP-ALARM / GRASSMOAWER / FOOD / TTIP READING LOUNGE / EURRIJN AWARDS / NACHTDIER & LOCALLY BREWED BEERS! /
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14 May: Chicken Excursion

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Its time for EGGS. They are everywhere: in our cookies, cakes, dishes and a nice omelet in the morning. But where do they come from exactly? Join us this Saturday on our one and only Chicken Excursion!

We will visit a ‘Rondeel’ farm, a concept of keeping chickens in a very special way. This concept was developed by the Wageningen University. The other layerpoultry farm is organic, so we can discover the differences in the way the chickens are kept. We will spent around 1.5 hours on each farm, during which the farmer will tell about his practices and reasons. You can find more information about the Rondeel farm here (in Dutch) http://www.rondeeleieren.nl/. ​

We will depart 8:30 in the morning, at the parking place in front of the Radix Building.

Don’t forget to bring your own lunch.

Costs are 6 Eur for students and 10 Eur for non-students (this includes transport to the two farms)

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Workshop Dragon Dreaming with Dr. Felipe Simas

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Dragon Dreaming – how to run outrageously successful projects

Consensual participatory strategic planning for projects and organisations in the field of Ecologically Sustainable Community Economic Development. Inspired in Australia’s aboriginal people, the latest scientific discoveries, Living Systems Theory, and Deep Ecology.

 

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22 April, 14h00 Demonstration Den Haag

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