Agroecology: Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI) is a member of the Agroecology Alliance.
The Alliance is a group of organisations that are concerned about the economic, environmental and social sustainability of agriculture and food production in the UK and the rest of the world. The Alliance aims to mainstream agroecology to reform food production. Its mission is to advocate a change in the way in which we look at food and the practise farming including addressing the UK dependency on imports of basics such as animal feed.. It focuses on education and information, helping farmers and small scale food producers to get their views heard, developing policies and strategies and promoting new approaches like permaculture. EWNI also supported the formation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agro-ecology. Agro-ecology is gaining more recognition in the UK through both the Alliance and the All Party Parliamentary Group and also through the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University. EWNI supported an Agroecology Bill to be presented in parliament. The Bill is aimed at raising awareness about agroecology and the need for a transition away from how the UK currently produces and distributes food. EWNI ran a major campaign in the 1990s to increase the land under organic cultivation and for the last 25 years it has worked to promote agroecological methods as a counter to the industrial practices and GM lobby. EWNI also works to promote debate around models of production which will help feed us by 2050. EWNI has worked with Sobrevivencia/Friends of the Earth Paraguay to establish two farm colleges.
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Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University
UK Agroecology Alliance