On 27-28th of October, Young FoE groups accross Europe got involved and organised food tastings, debates, movie screenings, cooking and seed bombing workshops... All these actions were targeted on bringing local people together (consumers and farmers, young and old), and provoking the discussion on the failures of our current food system as well as how to create a better one for tomorrow. Here are some stories from our national groups.
At our 2018 summer camp in Cyprus, we heard from Ubrei-Joe Maimoni Mariere about the devastating impacts oil companies like Shell are wreaking in the Niger delta.
My name is Ubrei-Joe Maimoni Mariere, I'm a human rights activist from Nigeria.
Gas flaring in Nigeria started 62 years ago, when oil exploration activities started – in 1956 precisely. It has really wreaked so much havoc. It's poisoned our food system.
Gas flaring is a regular incidence in Nigeria, it's 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping.
As we arrive in Berlin for the GMO free regions conference in Berlin we are struck by just how many 'bio' (organic) shops there are.
Since arriving at the farm we have been sustaining ourselves on mainly organic food and it's been easy. We have some fantastic cooking skills between us, access to a lot of vegetables from the farm and there is some great 'wholefood shops' in the surrounding areas for all the extras. We have managed to do this on a budget by buying and cooking collectively.
On the 3rd-10th September 2018, YFoEE hosted a youth summer camp in Platres in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. There were 60 young people from 28 different countries in Europe, Africa and Latin America in attendance at the camp.
If climate change has taught us anything, it's that we don't live in homogenous societies.
When climate-induced catastrophes strike, all of the social and systemic injustices that persist in our societies are revealed. In one of our previous mythbusters, we've already debunked the myth of climate change being only an environmental issue and exposed how it fuels an entire range of inequalities.
About me: I am a young climate activist. I organise with Young Friends of the Earth Scotland and Fossil Free Glasgow, a local campaign group working to get our council to divest their pension fund from fossil fuel companies. I cannot speak on behalf of "young people" and all the intersections that come with this, but put forward some ideas and challenges that we can bring to the climate debate.
Our food and farming system is being taken further down the road of industrialisation - with the use of more chemicals, more factory farms and controlled by even bigger corporations. Small scale, sustainable producers are being pushed out and healthy food is increasingly becoming a luxury for the wealthy.
Industrialised global food systems cause land grabbing, deforestation and climate change, disproportionately impacting communities in the Global South in order to produce Europe's food.
Animal welfare and human health suffer as a result of unsustainable farming practices.
Hello! We’d like to introduce ourselves. We are Silvie and Melis and we are the 3rd and 4th Agri-Activists for this year at Caerhys farm and will be working with Gerald and Ingrid for the rest of the summer campaigning for a better food future.
We’d like to tell you about Caerhy’s annual Harvest Party that happened last weekend at the farm.
Time has passed all too quickly and while I am already preparing to leave Caerhys Farm, there are new people arriving every other day. Today I want to take a moment to reflect on my time at Caerhys before I pass on the honour to Silvie and Melis, who will be the agri-activists for round 2!