According to data collected by Eurostat in 2019, Poland is the 5th country in the UE when it comes to the amount of food we throw away. Annually, it amounts to 9 tons of food that ends up in the trash, mostly bread, vegetables and fruit. We waste household groceries the most by badly planning our shopping, or by not planning at all, buying too much, or not paying attention to expiry dates.
It seems that the crisis caused by the pandemic changes our consumer behaviour, it prompts us to limit our consumption, consider our shopping lists better and limit the wastage ourselves. We can look at the current situation as an opportunity, an impulse to change our nutritional habits towards more sustainable, ecological and local food systems.
The point of departure for a deeper discussion and analysis within the discursive series will be sociological research carried out in May and June 2020, i.e. during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by the National Centre for Climate Change (KOKZ). We will try to look at how the current situation affects everyday habits of Poles, do our nutritional habits change and how does it influence the awareness of the processes related to climate change. We will talk with our guests about e.g. how the principles of food sovereignty can be executed, we will discuss alternative models of agriculture, shortening supply chains, and finally, how to promote among people a deeper understanding of where our food comes from, what affects its quality and nutritional value.
The space for the exchange of knowledge and practices will be provided by the International Permaculture Education Forum which will be organised in May. It will be accompanied by workshops for children and their guardians. The entire project will be summarised in a web document, as a multi-media, futuristic narrative. From the perspective of the coming decade, we will try to look at Warsaw which decided to support local food supply systems and initiatives facilitating the residents access to healthy, local food, where producers and consumers cooperate in solidarity to improve the resilience and well-being of the city.
Discursive series – programme
16.02.2021 | 18:00 | Tuesday
Changing habits – the first step towards food sovereignty
Participrians:: Justyna Orłowska PhD (KOZK), Marta Łukowska (Nyéléni Polska)
Moderator: Anna Galas-Kosil
The list of participants will be announced soon.
16.03.2021 | 18:00 | Tuesday
From the ground to the plate. On the quality of meals
Moderator: Weronika Koralewska (Agro-Perma Lab)
13.04.2021 | 18:00 | Tuesday
Edible city. Towards a new model
Moderator: Anna Galas-Kosil
The meetings will be held on Zoom. Each event requires separate registration via the application form on our website. We will e-mail the link to the meeting to registered participants. We are planning a discussion which will be streamed on our Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as recorded and archived on YouTube and in Resources on our website. If you don’t consent to making your image public, we ask you to keep your camera and microphone off throughout the entire event. You can send your questions on the chat. We encourage everyone to join the discussion.