Agroecology in the Context of Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Movements

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Led by Paul Rogé, Food Systems Lecturer at UC Berkeley and agroecology educator at the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA).
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The webinar will be held from 1-3pm Central time on July 22, 2017.

More and more agroecology has become interwoven into the fabric of social movements, from struggles for land reform in Brazil to global peasant movements for food sovereignty. In 2015, this was articulated by the 2015 Nyéléni Conference in such terms:

"Our peoples, constituencies, organizations and communities have already come very far in defining Food Sovereignty as a banner of joint struggle for justice, and as the larger framework for Agroecology. Our ancestral production systems have been developed over millennia, and during the past 30 to 40 years this has come to be called Agroecology. Our Agroecology includes successful practices and production, involves farmer-to-farmer and territorial processes, training schools, and we have developed sophisticated theoretical, technical and political constructions."

How does this framing of agroecology and food sovereignty relate to those of us who live in urban places? In this webinar, we will approach this question by discussing the increasingly visible activity of urban agriculture, and the diverse social movements in which they are embedded. Specific topics include:

  • Where scholarship is at in this area and what's missing
  • The uniqueness of urban environments for food production
  • Considering the principles of agroecology in the context of urban food production
  • Case studies and group discussion touching on these themes:
    • Productive potential
    • Pests and weeds
    • Soil quality and contamination
    • Social justice movements
    • Access to markets and good jobs
July 22nd, 2017 1:00 PM through  3:00 PM
Individual Webinar
Household income $100,000 and up $45.00
Household income $60,000-$99,999 $37.00
Household income $30,000-$59,999 $30.00
Household income $15,000-$29,999 $20.00
Household income $0-$14,999 $15.00
Group purchase $390.00
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