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Agriculture of the future, here we come!

From September 30 to October 3, 2016, the second “Wir haben es satt!” congress will be the place to discuss sustainable agriculture and food production

The “Wir haben es satt!” (We’re fed up!) movement has been taking to the streets annually for the past six years, advocating for farm-based, more ecological, and socially balanced agriculture here in Germany and worldwide. Every year, ten thousand protesters trek the streets of Berlin, taking a stand against an agricultural sellout through TTIP and CETA, against genetic modification and glyphosate on our fields, and against the threat of farm extinction. They speak up against export-oriented policy that destroys agricultural production in the global south, endangering nutrition independence worldwide.

Now, for the second year running, “Wir haben es satt!” is moving from the streets to the convention hall: The heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg, at Emmaus Church placed at the Lausitzer Platz. At the second “Wir haben es satt!” convention, with the motto “Landwirtschaft Macht Essen (Farms Power Food), the movement’s demands and central issues will be discussed, analyzed and developed. Participants can look forward to a diverse program with exciting presentations and work groups, controversial discussion rounds and interactive methods.

The convention is organized and presented by the Meine Landwirtschaft campaign, a broad social alliance of over 50 organizations from the areas of agriculture, animal welfare, nature conservation, consumer protection and development cooperatives. The campaign’s goal is to inform the public on agricultural policy in Germany and Europe, and create high-visibility campaigns that facilitate the agricultural turnaround in Germany. Markthalle Neun is one of our oldest partners in our endeavors.

Verena Günther and Nicola Arnold

Farms: How can we make agriculture more regional and more organic? How do we manage the transformation to sustainable animal husbandry? How can we fortify farm structures and ensure fair prices for producers?
Power: What global structures influence the production and trade of food? How is that influence connected with poverty and social justice? How can we influence politics and society so that land and food are more equally distributed?

Food: How can we ensure self-determined nutrition for every global citizen? How can we influence the future of artisanal production? What kind of influence can consumers have on food production?

More information and registration for the congress: www.wir-haben-ess-satt.de/kongress. The convention office is available at 030-28482435 or kongress@wir-haben-es-satt.de.