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2018 Organic Connections Conference & Tradeshow

November 1-3, 2018
Prairieland Park in Saskatoon


Hélène Tremblay-Boyko - "Agroecology: Farming with nature to grow food sovereignty and cool the planet!"

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Hélène Tremblay-Boyko - "Agroecology: Farming with nature to grow food sovereignty and cool the planet!"

Key Topics

1.  Agroecology is a way of life, not just a set of technologies or production practices, and must be adapted to local contexts.

2.  Production practices should be based on ecological principles and an understanding that life cannot be commodified.

3.  Reduction of externally purchased inputs, and increased farm and community self-sufficiency will allow for greater farmer autonomy and strengthened rural economies.

4.  Peoples and communities who feed the world need their collective rights protected in order to secure their access and control over the commons (seeds, land, water, knowledge and culture)

5.  Knowledge sharing for food producers must be horizontal, peer-to-peer and intergenerational

6.  Direct, fair distribution chains, transparent relationships, and solidarity between producers and consumers are needed to displace corporate control of global markets and generate self-governance by communities.
7.  Agroecology is political and requires us to transform the structures of power in society

8.  Youth and women are the principal social bases for the evolution of agroecology.  Territorial and social dynamics must allow for leadership and control of land and resources by women and youth

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