Rethinking Agriculture: Detoxifying Our Food and Agriculture
Date and time: Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 14h00
Why does agriculture require the use of pesticides? This event unpacks the model of industrial agriculture and why it necessitates the use of chemical inputs such as artificial fertilizer and pesticides. Nonetheless, there are wide-ranging agricultural practices being employed around the world that rely on alternatives. What would a transition to pesticide-free agriculture look like, and with what implications for yields? What are these alternatives and in what ways can this be broadly replicated by diverse farming communities?
Paul John Dizon, Nagkahiusang Mamumuo sa Suyafa Farm (NAMASUFA), Philippines
Santiago Sarandón, Sociedad Argentina de Agroecología (SAAE) and National University of La Plata, Argentina
Angelika Hilbeck, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Dinesh Abrol, All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN), India
Moderation: Refiloe Joala, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southern Africa and Patricia Lizarraga, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southern Cone
Registration required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TdJzLiT8SRufhRJg29hMtg
The online event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.
The event is part of the three-part online event series “Freedom from Pesticides” organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Further events: “The Human and Environmental Costs of Pesticide Use” on 8 June and “Insufficient Regulation and Double Standards in the Pesticide Sector” on 6 July.
The Human and Environmental Costs of Pesticide Use
Date and time: Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 14h00
Pesticide giants maintain a particular and narrow scientific narrative on the impacts of pesticides, supported by a hefty marketing and PR budget. People on the ground, however, see and experience things differently. This event breaks down the impacts of pesticides on human health and the natural environment by presenting experiences from the ground with a particular focus on women. What are the real impacts of pesticides, and who are the direct victims of pesticide use? How can we challenge the hegemonic science that downplays the impacts of pesticides on health and affirm the voices of the affected?
Damian Verseñazzi, Faculty of Medicine Sciences, National University of Rosario, Argentina
Colette Solomon, Women on Farms Project, South Africa
Nining Elitos, Kongres Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (KASBI), Indonesia
Insufficient Regulation and Double Standards in the Pesticide Sector
Date and time: Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 14h00
To date, only roughly 3.3 percent of the pesticide active ingredients used and traded worldwide are subject to binding regulation. Different standards in different countries enable companies to switch their products to countries with weaker regulations if, for example, they are no longer permitted in the EU. Almost 60 percent of highly hazardous pesticides are sold in “developing and emerging countries”. Why are the pesticides and active ingredients which are banned in certain parts of the world still sold elsewhere? This event explores the pesticide regulation regime in different regions and around the world. What important agreements are currently in place to regulate pesticide trade and use? How can people campaign for just regulations?
Lis García, Base Is, Paraguay
Sarojeni Rengam, Pesticide Action Network Asia Pasific (PANAP), Malaysia
Lena Luig, INKOTA, Germany
tbc, Campaña Permanente contra los agrotóxicos y por la vida, Brazil
Moderation: Jan Urhahn, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southern Africa and Tauqueer al Sabri, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung South Asia
Registration required: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EhD-B1qmSR2jL2uCkTJDFQ
The online event will beheld in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation.
The event is part of the three-part online event series “Freedom from Pesticides” organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.