When: Friday, 10 May 2013, 15.45-17.15
Where: NH Eurobuilding Hotel, Calle Padre Damián 23, Madrid (Room "Atenas")
Moderated by Natalie Bennett, leader of GPEW and member of the GEJ’s Editorial Board
Alain Lipietz – economist and former Green MEP
Louise Knops – parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament and fellow researcher for the Belgian Green foundation Etopia
Sara Vilà Galán – Member of the Catalan Parliament for ICV
The 5th edition of the Green European Journal was titled “Food: the (agri)cultural revolution” and focused on the urgent need to change our system of food production, and the rebuild our relationship with the land. Following the (expected) interim defeat of significant CAP reform, what are the prospects for such change in the near-medium future? A panel of experts will discuss opportunities that exist at local, national and European level to make the system more environmentally sustainable, more equitable and more transparent. They will also share ‘best practice’ experiences.
Among the issues to be considered are how to build support among the farming community for progressive measures, how to fund such changes at a time of austerity, what role exists for non- governmental movements such as transition and community gardens, and what economic benefits might such changes bring.