Stichting Boerengroep, Otherwise and RUW joined forces in a month of Grassroot Science – Socially driven alternatives that tackle global problems. This month we dive into the world of antibiotics. World wide we see antibiotic resistance coming up, mainly due to the extensive use of antibiotics used by farmers to prevent the animals of getting diseases. During this Grassroot Science series, we try to tackle this challenge with alternative options. Can a change in fresh food (grasses and herbs) for the cows make a difference? Why are there so many diseases in the first place?
Sept 7: Movie Night: Farm for the Future
Can we improve the grassland via permaculture principles and tackle global climate change? This beautiful documentary will take us into the world of ‘natural farming’ in the UK
Location: Clock Building, Generaal Foulkesweg 37, Wageningen
Sept 13: Bike Excursion: Veld & Beek
Veld and Beek is no ordinary dairy farm. They have a very innovatie system to deliver their products with consumers in the surroundings – in fact, the cows are owned by the consumers! But there’s more: the stable of the cows transforms into a greenhouse when the cows are outside in the meadow…Don’t miss out on this excursion! Join us for a nice bike tour, discover the very special stable/greenhouse, and enjoy some real fresh milk from Dutch cows!
Depart: 11:00 at ‘iron tree’ in front of Forum Building
Sign up: email@example.com
More info: veldenbeek.nl and article “Producers and Consumers Build new Food Practices” – Agricultures Network
Sept 22: Lecture: Herbs and livestock farming
Veterinarian Katrien van ‘t Hooft will come to Wageningen to explain about the challenges and potential solutions she she came across while working with farmers in the Netherlands, Africa and Asia around the topic of reducing the use of synthetic antibiotics. She started an interesting exchange programe for farmers to visit other countries. Can we treat mastitis with knowledge from India or are these farming realities too different? Join us for this very interesting story of a veterinarian in search for grassroot knowledge.
More info: article about the story of Katrien van ‘t Hooft and website
Oct 1: International Symposium: Green Solutions for Reducing Antibiotics, Zwolle
During this international symposium, a delegation of Indian and other international farmers, veterinarians and scienctists will share their knowledge on dairy farming, including the use of herbs. Boerengroep will arrange transport to this symposium from Wageningen to Zwolle.
Costs: 6 Euro
Sign up for symposium: http://www.naturallivestockfarming.com/symposium/
Sign up for transport: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: website and Symposium schedule
Zie ook: Het gebruik van antibiotica bij landbouwhuisdieren in 2015. lees hier..