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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture Message Board › Food Connections Conference

Food Connections Conference

Anna S.
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Portland, ME
Post #: 4
There is an interesting conference coming up next weekend:­.
Xiknawi M
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South Portland, ME
Post #: 64
Thanks Anna,
Here is another opportunity to gather re this issue
Thursday in Norway.

Public Interest Forum

Food Sovereignty

Leading the discussion: Scott Vlaun of Moose Pond Arts+Ecology

When - 7 P.M. Thursday, April 19, 2012
Where - Fare Share Commons, 443 Main Street, Norway, Maine.

A billion people are hungry. Industrially produced food is not always safe. Conventional, large-scale agriculture often degrades soils and damages the environment. Small scale farming is precarious everywhere. All are signs of a food crisis. As traditional family farms continue their decline in Maine and elsewhere, rural residents increasingly turn toward sustainable methods. Many work specialty and subsistence farms, rely upon organic methods, save seeds, retool forgotten farm skills, and engage in locally based, cooperative food production. €€

Via Campesina, a coalition of 150 small farmer organizations in 70 countries, introduced the notion of food sovereignty almost 20 years ago. Leading principles include: acce
ss to food as a human right, farmers’ right to own and control land they work, protection of natural resources, and governmental policies prioritizing food sufficiency over corporate interests and world market imperatives.

Scott Vlaun uses permaculture methods for his market gardens in Otisfield. As a photographer and writer he has worked in the organic seed movement and has documented organic farming methods and biodiversity conservation in China, Cuba, Mexico, and Central America.

Havana, Cuba, 1997; Scott Vlaun photo

For more information please call Tom Whitney at (207) 743-2183.

The Public Interest Forum, a project of the Maine Peace Council, meets monthly to explore political, social, and cultural issues bearing on democracy. .

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