On April 23, IFOAM – Organics International in collaboration with the Global Landscapes Forum, will host a digital forum exploring the role of smallholder farmers as the trend toward lab-grown food attempts to address the shortcomings of how we currently produce and consume food. Translation will be provided in French and Spanish.
- Hans Herren, President and CEO Millennium Institute and World Board member of IFOAM - Organics International
- Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator, Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad
Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee
- Walter Willett, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts
- Bob Quinn, Organic Farmer
- George Monbiot, author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner
Difficult times like these mean navigating new ways to communicate with each other and find solutions to global challenges. We have to rethink how we do a lot of things, from buying food to how we shape our food systems, particularly as the trend toward lab-grown food continues.
The digital forum aims to answer two main questions:
- How can organic agriculture provide solutions that contribute to food security, mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity?
- Could the future of food be without farmers - Is this the future we want?
Food without farmers?
The recent IPCC report showed that our food systems are estimated to cause up to 29% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This is due to unsustainable crop and livestock production as well as deforestation. Estimates show that agriculture is responsible for 80% of deforestation worldwide. The world is on the cusp of a new technological era, meaning most of our food could stem from unicellular life in the lab, and not from farms.
Participants in this digital event will explore topics related to sustainable food systems, incentification for farmers, reducing the impact of unsustainable agriculture on biodiversity and livelihoods, how to equip farmers with the skills and knowledge they want and need, and much more.
Let’s talk about food and farming, virtually!
- This event will be live-streamed all over the world.
- Share your ideas with a global audience.
- Raise pertinent questions.
- Network with the GLFx platform community.
We will keep you up-to-date as more information on the program and speakers becomes available!