Month: October 2015
Map Your Meal was represented by Kerstin Wittig-Fergeson and Sophia Arnaouti at the recent DEAR Fair, organized by the European Commission in Brussels (22-23 October). The Fair combined a project exhibition with plenty of space for networking and project presentations, panel discussions as well as thematic input by the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica.
Youth of the World, the World from Our Doorstep and Supply Chainge were also represented at the Fair, which hosted around 130 participants from across Europe as well as all relevant EC project officers.
MYM Panel Discussion “The Impact of Local Alternatives within the Globalised Food System – Can we achieve a sustainable path?”
Within the frame of the project “Map Your Meal”, GEU is organising a panel discussion entitled “The Impact of Local Alternatives within the Globalised Food System – Can we achieve a sustainable path?”, which will be held on November 9th, 2015 from 9.30- 13.00 at the Strovolos Cultural Center.
The discussion aims to explore how local community-based agricultural initiatives can impact the global food system, within the framework of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, it will give the opportunity to participants to discuss and reflect on how citizens and communities can get involved in contributing towards more sustainable food production and consumption patterns.
The event will feature expert speakers in the field on food security, and alternative food systems, with the aim to gather recommendations on the topic, which will then be shared to all relevant policy makers.
* The discussion will be held in English
For additional information and reservations, please contact the Global Education at email@example.com or via phone at 22873820.
A Local Food Festival was organised within the framework of the Map your Meal project, at Europe Square in Larnaca, on Sunday the 18th of October.
The Local Food Festival involved various local producers, through the Centre for the Promotion of Traditional Products, who whilst promoting their products, provided information to the public about the methods and the hardships of their labour. Even though it started a bit slow, in the afternoon many hundreds of people floaded to the Europe square, who also had the opportunity to learn more about the Map Your Meal project, the festival and upcoming Mobile Application which will be available in 2016.
Several interactive activities for children were organised, in collaboration with the volunteers of Nautilos SAR, in order to raise awareness among the youngest in our society, on sustainable production and consumption.
Public Discussion – “Squeezing oranges in Brazil: social and environmental sustainability in the world’s biggest producer and exporter”
The Global Education Unit of Future Worlds Center organised a public discussion on October 15th at Skali Aglantzias entitled “Squeezing oranges in Brazil: social and environmental sustainability in the world’s biggest producer and exporter”, within the framework of the SUPPLY CHAINGE project.
The discussion featured Mr Marcel Gomez, from “Reporter Brazil”, an advocacy NGO in Brazil and Petro Kameri from “Friends of he Earth” Cyprus, who addressed the Human Rights violations and environmental damage in orange juice production, aiming to uncover the deliberate infringements along European orange juice supply chains, as well as the local reality in Cyprus and Europe.
Notably Mr Gomez mentioned that, “Brazil processes 55% of the worldwide orange juice and commands 77% of the global exports. Three multinationals control the Brazilian market and therefore the global market: Citrosuco/Citrovita, Cutrale, and Louis Dreyfus. However the wealth generated by the orange juice has not been shared along the supply chain: Brazilian rural workers have been facing precarious working conditions, what mean working hour over 44 hours and low wages. The use of pesticides is also a problem in terms of environmental sustainability. Brazil is the largest pesticides consumer in the world, and orange is the second crop more dependent of them, behind cotton, after soybean. Labor and environmental inspectors of the Brazilian goverment, public prosecutors and civil society leaders have been fighting against this situation. To accelerate this process, we believe that a stronger due diligence of European supermarkets, the most powerful actors of the orange juice supply chain, is urgently needed.”
During the discussion, the results of the research conducted in Brazil this past July 2015, “SQUEEZE OUT: Behind the orange juice business” by the SUPPLY CHAINGE campaign, were also presented. The discussion was part of a speakers tour that took place in October in Cyprus, Greece, Malta and Italy, with last stop the International Expo in Milan.
UPDATE – You can now view the input from our speakers on our Youtube Channel here.
STOP THE SQUEEZE OUT – Make Orange Juice Fair!
We are calling upon European Supermarkets: Make orange juice fair!
While retailers across Europe make enormous profits from the sale of store brand (own brand) orange juice, the majority of workers and farmers who harvest and process the fruit and its juice live in bitter poverty. Orange juice production is also utterly destructive to the environment; the industry is characterized by excessive use of pesticides.
80 percent of all orange juice sold in Europe is produced in Brazil. 66 percent of that juice is sold as store brands, including those of Aldi, Schwartz Group’s Lidl and Kaufland, and Tesco. This means that the role of supermarket retailer is vital. They not only act as gatekeepers for the European orange juice market, but also as contracting agrobusiness companies for their own labels. This is why supermarkets need to assume responsibility for working conditions and ecological impacts all along their supply chains.
By signing this petition, we are calling upon all major European supermarket retail chains to acknowledge that the conditions of farmers and workers, as well as the environmental impacts of orange juice production, throughout the supply chain, are unacceptable. It is the retailers’ responsibility to make sure that the people who produce the food sold in their stores, and under store brand labels, are living and working in dignity!
In order to improve the social situation along orange juice storebrand supply chains, supermarkets need to:
- Implement effective human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for human rights violations;
- Implement credible monitoring procedures through direct engagement with trades unions, local employees and others stakeholders. These organizations need to be equally represented at all decision-making levels up to the most senior. A functional complaints system and a system for independent verification needs to be set up;
- Work with trades unions, local employees and other stakeholders to define a living wage for orange farm workers in the relevant regions, particularly in the Brazilian State of Sao Paulo, and a decent income / fair price for small farmers;
- Ensure that freedom of association is respected in all subcontractor operations and all stages of the supply chain;
- Ensure that employment is freely chosen on all stages of the supply chain (no forced labour, no slave labour);
- Ensure that there is no discrimination in employment; and
- Disclose the full list of suppliers in Brazil.
Furthermore, supermarkets need to make proactive and continuous efforts to decrease the environmental impact of orange juice production. This includes:
- Impact measurement using transparent and internationally accepted methods, e.g. ISO 14040 series or the EU Product and Organisational Environmental Footprinting standards.
- The implementation of recognized environmental management schemes, such as the European Eco-Management and Auditing Scheme (EMAS)
End the exploitation of workers and environmental destruction along the orange juice supply chain, now!
On the 15-16th of October 2015, Future Worlds Center is organizing an International Citizens Forum at the Classic Hotel in Nicosia, Cyprus. Citizens from all over Europe will come together to work on developing solutions and recommendations for increasing citizens’ participation in the democratic life of EU through an interactive structured dialogue co-laboratory.
The two-day event will be organized as an interactive co-laboratory, fully utilizing up-to-date methodologies and technologies of the science of structured dialogic design (SDD). The expectations are that by the end of the process the participants will have developed a collective vision and shared commitment to propose solutions and develop a roadmap of recommended actions and policies.
The Structured Dialogic Design (SDDSM) process is a methodology which supports the generation of truly democratic and structured dialogue amongst teams of stakeholders with diverse views and perspectives. It is grounded on 6 complex systems and cybernetics axioms and 7 laws from systems science.
The event is taking place in the framework of the project “Let’s get Active! Incentives for citizens’ active participation in the democratic life of the European Union” which is implemented with the financial support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.
The Photo Contest finished, all votes are in and we have the International Winner of our Photo Contest!
It´s the Photo “I Care” from Catarina Marinho, Portugal
And of course here is the picture of our very own Cypriot Winner;
It’s the photo “RainBow Plate” by Natasha Lampitsi!
To see all the pictures of the competition and learn more, visit the SUPPLY CHA!NGE website (http://supplychainge.org/).
The FOOD VISION Photo Contest is part of the Europe Aid funded project SUPPLY CHA!NGE, and is implemented in Cyprus by Future Worlds Center. For more information and to stay updated about the project activities, visit our facebook pages; FWC Global Education και Supply Chainge.