FOOD AS THE SOLUTION: BECOMING A FOOD ACTIVIST
In this discussion panel, 5 food activists from around the world will inspire us, help us to choose the right direction and guide us to take action! Join us and come to listen about street goats and how to source your own food in the city, how to help the bees survive, how we can contribute to less food waste or simply how to raise food with respect to nature.
What is the importance of being a food activist today? What can we all do and how to join our active communities? We are awakening to the idea that we all need to help and re-think our priorities concerning what we choose to buy and eat. Urban farming is in full bloom, organic agriculture is growing and sustainability is the big topic of the day. But are we really informed about what we can really do? Which are the traps of “green washing”? Which are the initiatives worth joining?
Tristram Stuart (Bio)
Tristram is the author of two internationally-published award-winning books about food and the environment: “The Bloodless Revolution” and “Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal”. He founded the environmental campaigning organisation, Feedback, which catalysed a global movement against food waste, hosting feasts all made from food that would have been wasted like Feeding the 5000 and Disco Soup, that have been held worldwide.
He also founded Toast Ale that transforms leftover fresh bread into craft ale. His TED talk has been watched 1.5 million times, he has won international numerous awards for his work, is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Explorer, and a YGL.
Patrick Mallery (Bio)
Patrick is a food activist and an agro-ecological farmer based in Bristol, United Kingdom. His interests in farming systems and sustainability have lead him to also help set up and build an urban community run micro-dairy with several other food activists. Street Goat, as the project is called, was built to challenge the industrial animal farming industry and take control and responsibility for our food and surrounding wildlife.
He also manages several allotments with his housemate and grow most of the food they need for the year. He is also a member of the Land Workers Alliance, which is the UK division of la via campesina.
Steve Rogensteinn (Bio)
From New York and now living in Barcelona, Spain, Steve is a beekeeper, co-founder of BCN Honey Fest, former producer of NYC Honey Week, advocate for Apis mellifera, and honey-obsessed with a personal collection of more than 90 honeys from around the world.
In addition to coordinating a series of bee-themed and honey-inspired events like tastings, chef dinners, and workshops, he's recently launched theBEEcorps to further spread awareness of and appreication for the importance of the honeybee. Formerly he consulted to cultural organizations like museums and other creative entities on strategic planning, branding, marketing, public programs, and community engagement.
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Alfredo Cunhal (Bio)
In 1990 he moved to the Herdade do Freixo do Meio, a vast property in central Portugal where, step by step, has been developing a structural project in the agricultural and social field. The search for the use of the land as a "common good" is the source of a profound reflection on “property” and on the models of interaction with the community and with nature.
He is a pioneer of agro-ecology and organic Farming, Permaculture and Food Sovereignty movements in Portugal, for this he has been awarded and recognized as a leading figure in the Iberian environmentalist scene over the years.
Rosa Maicas (Bio)
Born in Spain. 39 years old and since 10 years ago teaching Permaculture & Regenerative Agriculture classes, hands on workshops & offering Permaculture Design Certification trainings in the Mediterranean areas of Spain and Northern California. She runs an Institute called Permafunk that offers these options in education for adults and she has been collaborating with the universities, local colleges and local eco businesses in the area to offer these trainings.
The main goal of the Institute is to offer education in ecology design and regenerative agriculture allowing people to come into leadership within a safe container. She has trained and practiced permaculture all over Australia, Indonesia, Europe and Northern California.
Catia Curica (Bio)
Ever since she was a teenager, being part of the girl scouts, she loved nature and was a plant enthusiastic! She wished to be a scientist and went to college to be a pharmacist. After that, she accomplished a Master's degree in medicinal plants and remedies based on plants.
She is currently finishing a Master's degree in medicinal plants and studying Tradicional Chinese Medicine, while also working as pharmaceutical responsible for Organii – Cosmética Biológica, a Portuguese company dedicated to the distribution of organic cosmetics. She is passionate about the plant and food activism scene and advocates for system change in the food industry.