Regional Market

Food for All! At the Regional Market you can taste local cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, honey, juice, and beer. Did you know that all these products are grown in Wageningen and around? With music, discussion, local producers, farmers and more. The Regional Market is part of Food for All Festival, which addresses social justice and … Read more

Potential of Africa

building on own knowledge and resources Africa has a rich resource base in terms of both human and natural resouces. These are however rarely used for the development of the African continent. Instead biased trade agreements allow for the export of minerals to feed European industries, European subsidised food and processed goods are increasingly dumped in Africa and development interventions focus on the transfer of … Read more

Palmoil in Indonesia

Biodiversity in Indonesia: the pamoil threat – Debate with Peter van der Meer (Alterra) and campaigner Greenpeace Palmoil has been estimated to be found in every one of two supermarket products. It is an ingredient, often labelled as “vegetable oil”, in products ranging from margarine, sweets and chips to soaps and cosmetics. It is also used to … Read more

Permaculture

ANDERE KOEK! – Bijzondere excursie op 27 juni naar Belgische pioniers van ‘zwart goud’ en eetbare stadsjungle. Permacultuur ‘n tandje hoger. / Permaculture excursion to professional composters and edible jungle in Belgium. Read more …   reconnecting people, soil and food Permaculture has emerged as a response to industrial agriculture and food. It seeks “to … Read more

Seed Sovereignity

How farmers’ organisations can protect our seed system The US patent system is blowing over to Europe. Will patent claims from multinationals soon sue farmers in Europe? Niels Louwaars (director of Plantum) has been involved for several years in the debates on patents and breeder’s rights. See for example a publication on the “future of … Read more

Grassroots Science

socially driven alternatives that tackle global problems “Socially driven” initiatives, by for example farmers, consumers, civil society organisations, sometimes in collaboration with scientists, constantly emerge in the face of ­poverty, social injustice, hunger, natural resource degradation, environmental decline and other global problems. Some of these initiatives contain practices that promise more sustainable livelihoods for the … Read more

Beyond the commoditization of knowledge

Rethinking science and society relations Barbara van Dyck (Slow Science, fired at Catholic University of Leuven due to involvement in public protest against a Genetically Modified Potato field) Martijn Duineveld (assistant professor Cultural Geography) “Research on bees paid by the pesticide industry showing that it was not the pesticide that kills them…” (Zembla reportage, 12 … Read more