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To project SUPPLY CHAINGE λανσάρει καινούργια Έκθεση και Αίτημα… για τα μπισκότα!

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Σήμερα, 2 Δεκεμβρίου, η ομάδα Παγκόσμιας Εκπαίδευσης του Future Worlds Center μαζί με εταίρους από όλη την Ευρώπη, λάνσαρε την τελευταία της καμπάνια για το Φοινικέλαιο, στα πλαίσια του Ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος SUPPLY CHAINGE.

Το πρόγραμμα SUPPLY CHA!NGE εξέτασε τις διεθνείς βιομηχανίες που προμηθεύουν την Ευρώπη με φθηνές γεωργικές πρώτες ύλες από τον παγκόσμιο Νότο και ανακάλυψε κατάφωρες καταχρήσεις εναντίον της φύσης και των αυτόχθονων πληθυσμών.

Η βιομηχανία του φοινικέλαιου αναδεικνύει τις πολλές σκοτεινές πλευρές της παγκόσμιας αλυσίδας αξίας. Η άνιση κατανομή ισχύος, με λίγους πολύ μεγάλους, κυρίως διεθνείς εταιρίες, να κυριαρχούν σημαντικά κομμάτια της αλυσίδας αξίας, σε συνδυασμό με την φιλοσοφία που βάζει το κέρδος και την ευημερία ατόμων πάνω από την ευημερία του ευρύτερου πληθυσμού. Με αυτό το σκεπτικό, το φοινικέλαιο δεν είναι διαφορετικό από άλλες καλλιέργειες οι οποίες είναι σημαντικές για το παγκόσμιο εμπόριο, όπως η σόγια, το κακάο ή τη ζάχαρη από ζαχαροκάλαμο.

Το φοινικέλαιο χρησιμοποιείται ευρέως στην παραγωγή διάφορων λιχουδιών που καταναλώνουμε καθημερινά, και διατίθενται στην Ευρωπαϊκή αγορά από τα σουπερ μάρκετ.

Ανακαλύψτε περισσότερα για το φοινικέλαιο, ένα από τα συστατικά των μπισκότων, και υπογράψτε το αίτημα μας.

https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/justice-for-my-cookies-GR

Διαβάστε το Δελτίο Τύπου εδώ.
Διαβάστε περίληψη της έκθεσης εδώ.
Διαβάστε ολόκληρη την έκθεση για το φοινικέλαιο στα αγγλικά εδώ.

flag_yellow_highTo πρόγραμμα ” Supply Cha!nge – Make Supermarkets Fair!“ πραγματοποιείται με την οικονομική υποστήριξη της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης. Το περιεχόμενο αποτελεί αποκλειστική ευθύνη των οργανισμών εταίρων του προγράμματος, και σε καμία περίπτωση δεν αντανακλά την θέση της Ευρωπαικής ‘Ενωσης.

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SUPPLY CHA!NGE Campaign launches Palm Oil Report and Petition

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Today, December 2nd, the Future Worlds Center’s Global Education team together with partners from all over Europe, launched the newest campaign on Palm Oil, within the framework of the SUPPLY CHA!NGE project.

The SUPPLY CHA!NGE project looked at the international industries supplying Europe with cheap agricultural raw materials from the global south and found a multitude of abuses against nature and indigenous people.

The palm oil business highlights the many dark sides of the global value chain. The unequal power distribution, with few very large and mostly international companies dominating important parts of the value chain, coupled with a philosophy that puts the profit and prosperity of individuals above the wellbeing of the general public leads to the suffering of nature and people. In this regard, palm oil is not that different from other crops which are significant for global trade, such as soya, cocoa or cane sugar.

Palm Oil is widely used to produce different delicacies we consume daily and are sold by different super markers across Europe.

Learn more about palm oil, one of the main ingredients of cookies, and sign our petition for fair cookies

https://you.wemove.eu/campaigns/justice-for-my-cookies

 

Read the Press Release here.

Read the Summary Report here.

Read the Full Report here.

To find out more, visit our website http://supplychainge.org/research-eu/palm-oil-en/

 

 

This project is implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. flag_yellow_highThe contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Future Worlds Center and the SUPPLY CHAINGE Consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

 

Tropical Products: What is the ‘real’ cost?- 19/09/2016 @19.00

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Future Worlds Center,  with the support of Friends of the Earth Cyprus, are organising the event “Tropical Fruits: What is the ‘real’ cost?”, within the frame of the projects Supply Chainge and Make Fruit Fair!

The event will take place at the Friend of the Earth House in Limassol ( Agiou Andreou 361) on Tuesday 19 July 2016, at 19.00, and included the presentation of 2 study reports for tropical fruits and cocoa, the ‘Dark side of Chocolate’documentary film screening, and open discussion.

At the end of the event, local drinks and snacks will be offered.

*The event will be in Greek.

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Press Release: Map Your Meal APP – New mobile app enables users to map the impact of their meals on people and the planet!

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A new consumer app that scores food products and shares information on their wider social and environmental impact will be launched simultaneously in 5 EU countries on Saturday 11 June.

Available to download on Android and iOS, the MAP YOUR MEAL mobile app brings consumers closer to the ethics behind food and beverage products. It also allows users to receive information on who and what is involved in the production process, and how these processes impact our planet and the people involved.

With a simple barcode scan of the product, users will receive an overview of how the product scores in regard to «Fairness» and «Greenness», based on a structure of indicators that explore each theme. The user can explore each theme individually, with a quick tap on each of the icons. When it comes to Greenness, products are assessed according to their water footprint, use of GMOs, their processing, transportation and packaging, use of palm oil and fishing processes. Meanwhile, Fairness assesses labour rights and potential child labour involved in the production, animal rights, as well as the transparency of the production and parent companies.

“We are really looking forward to launching the App”, said Kerstin Wittig Fergeson from Future Worlds Center “Ethics matter to a considerable number of consumers. Through this app we want to offer easily accessible information to consumers but also reward and encourage companies and producers to demonstrate that they are committed to sustainability and equity”.

The Map Your Meal app celebrations will take place at MYMALL in Limassol from 11:00am until 04:00pm, where the public will have the opportunity to try out the Map Your Meal app, find out more about the project and participate in fun activities and competitions. The Map Your Meal team and Ant1FM also welcome you to a musical party and live link between 12 and 2:00 pm. Be part of the celebration and learn more about the products you love!

Visit www.mapyourmeal.org for more information about our app and project.

The MAP YOUR MEAL App is part of the project Map Your Meal and has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.

To download the app: http://www.mapyourmeal.org/index.php/mobile-application

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Our Global Education Team at the 3rd Ecological Celebration of Cyprus

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13321727_1187150354652843_4869920433629958247_nFor a 3rd year in a row, our Global Education Team was present at the Ecological Celebration of Cyprus that took place at the Athalassa National Forest Park, between 11am to 19pm.

The Ecological Celebration aimed to offer an alternative approach to ecology based on cooperation and solidarity, education and exchange of ideas, for example on: a more direct relationship between the producer and the consumer; natural and quality food for all; locally sourced products; fair and affordable prices; traditional processing methods; our reconnection with nature; collective initiatives and collaborations; and promotion of lifestyles which go against the industrialization and commercialization of everything.

13394139_1187150607986151_1732322976412764383_nThe Celebration included a full programme of activities for all ages, presentations, workshops, as well as a fair with local producers.Throughout the day, our team together with other local groups and organisations, had the chance to speak to around 200+ people who visited the festival, about our projects as well as how we as citizens can make a change through our own choices.

An activity for kids was organised through our Map Your Meal project, the Supply Chainge Photo Exhibition was featured at our station, as well as sharing more information about Make Fruit Fair! and Reinventing Democracy projects!!

 

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Press Release: Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era – From Europe to Africa

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rsz_111717435_297909560333228_4081155796746583728_oOn week of 8-14th of May 2016, the Cyprus-based non-profit organization, Future Worlds Center, has traveled to Kenya for a week-long structured dialogue co-laboratory for the global initiative “Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era” is which is funded by the “United Nations Democracy Fund”.

This ambitious international initiative which is implemented by Future Worlds Center has as its key objective to increase youth participation in decision making processes with regards to democratic governance by empowering young people from across the world to invent and propose new, innovative and concrete actions.

Following the European structured dialogue co-Laboratory which took place in Cyprus last February, young people from all across Africa gathered together in Nairobi for a week to discuss discussed the shortcomings of the current systems of governance at a regional and global level and proposed plans and actions. Participants represented a variety of African countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.

In order to collect the ideas of participants, the methodology of Structured Democratic Dialogue was employed. This method is very structured in process and very democratic in content and allows participants to truly engage in discussion, harnessing their collective wisdom. The process is designed to mobilize young people and to increase interaction among youth globally with the aim to advocate for and enable meaningful youth participation in democratic processes. From the 43 ideas which were collected on the first day, the two that were identified as the most influential “Lack of consciousness of citizens that they can participate in issues of democracy and governance” “Rampant run-away impunity among key government officers on public utilities”.

During the project, young people from Europe, Africa, North & South America, Australia and Asia and the Middle East will join their efforts of reinventing democracy through regional and collective actions such as a jointly authored e-book for change, a Manifesto for 21st Century and video clips “50 Proposals for Action”.

For more information about the project please visit the project website: reinventdemocracy.info or contact Maria Georgiou, Project Coordinator atmaria.georgiou@futureworldscenter.org. For more information about Future World Center please visit: www.futureworldscenter.org.

 

PRESS RELEASE:“Bittersweet Chocolate: The Truth Behind the International Chocolate Industry” – Dear Supermarkets – Make your chocolate fair and green!

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Chocolate Bunnies and storebrand chocolates, available in Cypriot super markets were tested in regards to their social and ecological quality by Future Worlds Center in the Chocolate Check 2016, which is based on independent certified systems – Fairtrade, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance και το ΕU-Organic-Label. Half of the chocolates tested came up as red, in both levels (ecological and social), due to the wide spread social and environmental exploitation in the conventional cocoa supply chain.

On average, every European consumes around 3 kilograms of chocolate per year – a considerable amount of it in the form of bunnies and storebrand chocolate of the supermarkets. Unfortunately, many of these small chocolate animals have a bitter AFTERTASTE“, explains Annagrace Messa from Future Worlds Center:

  • More than two million children work in the cocoa farming in West Africa.
  • In Ghana cocoa-farmers earn just 80 cent per day, in Ivory Coast only 50 cent.
  • Only 6,6 % of the price we pay for a chocolate bar goes tot he farmer producing the cocoa.
  • The highly toxic pesticides used in the cocoa farming considerably harm the small holder farmers, their families as well as the environment,

as a recent report of the European campaign “SupplyChainge-Make Supermarkets Fair!” reveals.

Future Worlds Center, as part of the European Campaign “SupplyChainge – Make Supermarkets Fair!“ calls with a new petition on Supermarkets: “Dear Supermarkets – make your chocolate fair and green!“ With the petition consumers demand from their supermarkets to use 100% independent third-party certified cocoa for their store brand chocolates ensuring labour rights and ban of exploitative child labour, and to strive to use considerably more organic cocoa.

Further information;

  1. Read more on our campaign and promote the petition: http://supplychainge.org/kampania-cy/make-chocolate-fair/?L=cy
  2. Chocolate Check 2016 results: https://goo.gl/Auoy3Z
  3. The Executive Summary of the new research report “Bittersweet Chocolate: The Truth Behind the International Chocolate Industry”: https://goo.gl/N3XbzF

Contact: Annagrace Messa, Future Worlds Center, annagrace@futureworldscenter.org

flag_yellow_high* The project ” Supply Cha!nge – Make Supermarkets Fair!“ is realized with the financial support of the European Commission. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the project partners of the Supply Chainge Consortium and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.