Soils and the Food We Eat

Organiser BERAS International
Time 2015-05-19 09:002015-05-21 17:00
Location Ytterjärna, Södertälje, Sweden.
(Only payment by card) All 3 days (19-21 May): Business / Public authority / Organisation
3700 SEK
(Only payment by card) Only 20 May: Business / Public authority / Organisation
1500 SEK
(Only payment by card) All 3 days (19-21 May): Private individual
2700 SEK
(Only payment by card) Only 20 May: Private individual
1100 SEK
(Only payment by card) All 3 days (19-21 May): Student or senior citizen
2100 SEK
(Only payment by card) Only 20 May: Student or senior citizen
900 SEK
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Soils and the Food We Eat
A high level conference on May 19th-21st about soils and food as a tool to combat environmental challenges on a local, regional and global scale. This conference gathers key note speakers from the United Nations, Swedish national and local government and other experts. The focus is to create systems where local farmers and producers are recognized as essential and where surrounding food chain actors support a development towards more environmentally friendly agriculture practices.

The conference also includes the final conference for a thematic partnership project financed by The Swedish Institute including partners from Sweden, Lithuania and Belarus.

In line with BERAS’ principals of  “Multi Actor Approach” we are inviting farmers, farm advisors, actors from the whole food chain, authorities, researchers, NGOs, banks and the business sector to the conference.

When? May 19-21, 2015.
Where? The Culture House in Ytterjärna, Södertälje, Sweden.
For whom?
Farmers, farm advisors, actors from the whole food chain,
authorities, researchers, NGOs, banks and the business sector.

You can choose to participate all 3 days, or only on May 20th.

Conference fee

3-day participation (19-21 May)
For businesses, public authorities and organisations: 3 700 SEK
For private individuals: 2 700 SEK
For private individuals (students and senior citizens): 2 100 SEK

1-day participation (20 May)
For
businesses, public authorities and organisations:: 1 500 SEK
For private individuals: 1 100 SEK
For private individuals (students and senior citizens): 900 SEK

The conference fee covers participation in the conference, coffee, lunch and snacks. It does not cover travel and accomodation.

About the program:

19th May. Theme: Ecological Regenerative Agriculture (ERA)
ERA is based on a high degree of self-sufficiency within the farm or between farms in cooperation. Through integration of animal husbandry with a balanced crop rotation, including leguminous plants, closed nutrient cycles are created and ERA forms an example of future regenerative agriculture.

This day will offer discussions, peer-to-peer exchange and workshops focusing on the concept of ERA. Features:

- Scientific background
- Walk & Talk

- Focus on future challenges in agriculture

- Farmers University.


20th May (official, high-level). Theme: Diet for a Green Planet

Conference moderator: Ann-Helen Meyer von Bremen

09:00: OPENING SPEECHES featuring:
- Jostein Hertwig, CEO, BERAS International

- Boel Godner, Mayor of Södertälje Municipality

09:15: KEY-NOTE SPEECHES featuring:
- International Year of Soils. Gunnar Rundgren, Co-Author of the 2013 UN Report "Wake up before it is too late - make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate".

- Ecological Regenerative Agriculture – from degradation to regeneration. Agr. Dr. Artur Granstedt.


    10:00: Coffee break


    10:30: THE FOOD WE EAT featuring:

    - Introduction to “Diet for a Green Planet”.
    Helena Nordlund, the Diet Unit, Södertälje Municipality.

    - International outlook:
    -
    Dr. K. Perumal, Coordinator, BERAS India.
    - Dr. César López, Coordinator, BERAS Caribbean.

    - Antanas Maziliavskas, Vice Chancellor, Alexandras Stulginskis University (Lithuania).


    Business sector approach to the Diet for a Green Planet concept: Johan Ununger, CEO Saltå Kvarn & board member, Organic Sweden.

    Transformation of public meals – food as a driver for sustainable development:
    Sara Jervfors, Head of the Diet Unit, Södertälje Municipality.


    12:30: Lunch à la Södertälje’s public school meals

    13:30: Diet for a Green Planet workshops

    16:00: Conclusions & summary

    18:00: Field Walk
    - Practical on-farm research at Nibble Farm. Led by Agr. Dr. Artur Granstedt.

    21 May. Theme: Developing Sustainable Food Societies (SFS)
    An SFS stimulates horizontal and vertical food chain integration from farmer to consumer as well as between the private and public sectors and research. As an example, Södertälje Sustainable Food Society includes more than 70 different actors/initiatives.

    This day will offer an introduction to Sustainable Food Societies, site visits, discussions, peer-to-peer exchange and workshops focusing on the development and strengthening of SFSs around the world.

    Accomodation
    Accomodation is not included in the conference fee. We recommend the following places:

    Hotell Kulturhuset, http://hotellkulturhuset.se/en/
    Hostel: http://www.kulturcentrum.nu/?page_id=183

    Questions
    If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact:

    Daniel Dworetsky, Project Manager, BERAS International
    Phone: +46 551 577 99
    Mail: daniel@beras.eu

    Fore more information about BERAS International, please visit www.beras.eu.

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    Soils and the Food We Eat is organized by BERAS International and it is part of the UN International Year of Soils event calendar.

    About: BERAS International is an independent institute, founded in 2014,
    working with research, development and implementation in concepts
    regarding organic agriculture and sustainable food. The board of
    directors consists of experts from Södertälje Municipality, Saltå Kvarn,
    Ekologiska Lantbrukarna, The Biodynamic Research Institute, Debio
    (Norway) and Baltic Foundation (Lithuania). More information on www.beras.eu.