Future farmers in Europe

Title Future farmers in Europe
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Content “Go for it. Reclaim the fields!” All around Europe, young people with no agricultural background are setting up farming initiatives. Despite the many difficulties these new farmers face, their systems are innovative, viable and sustainable. They are a response to Europe’s emptying countrysides, and their numbers are growing. Why and how did they make this radical choice? What do they gain from their hard work? What did they learn? This short video portrays 8 ‘future farmers’ from France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Type of initiative Multi-Media
Year Published
Language English
Europe FRANCE, GERMANY, IRELAND, NETHERLANDS
Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43MXHEfFrU&feature=youtu.be

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Producers and consumers build new food practices

Title Producers and consumers build new food practices
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Greet Goverde-Lips, Henk Renting, Janneke Bruil
Content Initiatives based on ‘short chains’ between farmers and consumers are slowly but surely gaining ground in the Netherlands, a country with a strongly industrialised food system. Looking for ecological, healthy, and fresh food, urban consumers are now creating innovative channels that support local and organic food producers.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Europe NETHERLANDS
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/rural-urban-linkages/short-chains-netherlands

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Old traditions, new practices

Title Old traditions, new practices
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Katrien van’t Hooft
Content The August 2012 issue of De Boerderij, a popular magazine for Dutch farmers, showed how “innovative farmers are increasingly successful in finding their consumers”. More than 3,300 farmers (out of a countrywide total of 67,000) are selling their products directly to consumers, bypassing supermarkets in the process. And this number is growing fast. The age-old practice of direct marketing is coming back to the Netherlands, and consumers are playing an important role.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Europe NETHERLANDS
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/old-traditions-new-practices

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Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands

Title Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
Content Anticipating the disappearance of battery cages, alternative, more humane and sustainable methods of egg production have been and are being devel -oped. One up-and-coming example is the Roundel, a concept in The Netherlands that became operational in 2010 and is success-fully expanding. This case study shows its social, environmental and economic benefits – and the unique partnership between business, scientists and civil society that lay the foundation to its success.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2011
Language English
Europe NETHERLANDS
Link http://tinyurl.com/7lpchvt

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