UK Food Group event, Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth and Sustain.
3:00 — 5:00pm, Dayton Suite, Friends House, London
Keynote speaker: Father Edilberto Sena, Brazilian Priest in Amazonia
This is an opportunity to hear the dynamic Fr Sena, both a Roman Catholic priest — influenced by Liberation Theology — and a campaigner who is seeking to defend Amazonia against land-grabbers, loggers, ranchers and agribusiness multinationals.
Fr Sena will ask why Amazonia feeds Europe yet leaves her people poorer — what's going on?
Soya cultivation, almost entirely for animal feed, has emerged as a leading threat to global biodiversity. In Brazil alone, soya — much of it genetically-modified and heavily treated with the herbicide RoundUp — is cultivated on an area the size of Great Britain. This has devastated natural vegetation, threatened local livelihoods by displacing hundreds of small farmers, and weakened the production of staple food crops in the region.
With global demand for soya rapidly increasing due to growing demand for agrofuels and animal feed, and the limited area available for expansion on existing land, soya plantations are leading the expansion of agriculture into the forests and grasslands in Brazil and other countries.
Place: Friends House, Drayton Room, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (Click for Map here)
Agenda: Keynote introduction by Father Sena; Q&A; Discussion. Chaired by Patrick Mulvany.
1:30 — 2:30pm - UK Food Group Annual Meeting (UKFG members only)2:30pm Registration and Coffee
Registration essential: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information: see www.ukfg.org.uk .
This meeting will be preceded by the UK Food Group Annual Meeting at 1:30pm — UKFG members only (details circulated separately.)
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