Grassroots Science: The impacts of Palm Oil production and its alternatives
Together with Otherwise, Boerengroep and FIAN Netherlands, RUW Foundation is organising a series of activities on the issue of Palm Oil production and consumption. This diverse program consisting of a documentary screening, a panel debate, a Skype with local farmers and a workshop will be taking place throughout June.
8 June: Land grabbing
On the 8th of June Grass roots science will Kick off with a screening of Land grabbing! The documentary (Landraub) by Kurt Langbein takes a closer look into the… grey shades of flex crops. Land grabbing addresses violations of land rights of local farmers under the neocolonialism phenomenon demonstrated by big land investments from international agro-business companies.
A presentation about the ”flex crops” will take place, before the screening of Land Grabbing documentary, by the PhD researcher Yunan Xu. The presentation will provide a preliminary analysis of how oil palm fits into the flex crop framework in terms of its material basis, technological feasibility and profit viability, as well as the challenging questions arise within the flex crop framework for critical transnational advocacy and campaigning efforts. Yunan Xu is a PhD Candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Netherlands. Her research interests include industrial tree plantations, land, agrarian development, rural capitalism and food safety.
What: Documentary Landgrabbing + Presentation flex crops
Where: Movie W, Wageningen
When: 20.00, June 8th
21 June – Debate: The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
What is sustainable palm oil? Can palm oil production be sustainable? How successful is the cooperation of NGO’s and multinationals on the issue of palm oil? Join us for an interactive discussion on the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO) with various experts.
What: Panel Debate on Sustainable Palm Oil
Where: C222, Forum Building
When: 19.30, June 21st
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