A recent article on Al Jazeer English with Shi Yan’s approach to organic farming that is helping to break the country’s “addiction to pesticides” and an interview with Rural Sociology’s Jan Douwe van der Ploeg.
Source: Meet the woman leading China’s new organic farming army – Al Jazeera English
Are you a student of International Development studies, Organic Agriculture, Food Technology, or Development and Rural Innovation and are you interested in topics varying from food provisioning, urban-rural linkages to sustainable place-shaping? Then the Rural Sociology Group is the perfect place to look for thesis supervision!
From Monday October 26th till Friday November 6th, you are able to vote for your favourite Wageningen University teachers, thereby deciding who will become the nominees for the Teacher of the Year 2016.
The Teacher of the Year Award is an expression of recognition of the teacher’s efforts. It acts as a source of inspiration and underlines the importance of good education.
Are you a 2nd-year student or up, then vote for your three favourite teachers by logging in with SSC via this link. By voting you have a chance of winning one of the Wageningen University sweaters!
The Teacher of the Year Award is initiated by the University Fund Wageningen.
The EU-project TRANSMANGO is focussed at sustainable pathways to changing the food system. This project aims to combine and integrate different theoretical approaches to gain insight into Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).
In light of that, TRANSMANGO’s Terry Marsden has written an opinion paper about transitioning from the CAP to a Common Food and Nutrition Policy to start the debate.
Join the debate:
A Common Food and Nutrition Policy for Europe?
Having been fortunate enough to have attended and participated in several international conferences and working groups over the spring and summer of this year, and had a change to explore and discuss the current ‘state of play’ in what seems to be the increasingly dysfunctional global food system, I have recently begun to seriously reflect on European policy, and the questions of radically changing the current EU CAP into a Common Food and Nutrition Policy. This was mentioned by Damien Canare, from Montpellier at a meeting of the FLEDGE research programme in Waterloo in September this year, and in my preparation and discussions for a presentation on the TRANSMANGO EU project at the Agriculture and Urbanising Society Conference in Rome thereafter.
“Some have perceived this as being something of a naive question, given the overall complexity and political inertia in the glacial process of CAP reform experienced over the past 25 years”
Een korte documentaire door Karen Kuiper en Huib Schoonhoven met Jan Douwe van der Ploeg over mestbeleid en contestatie in de Nederlandse landbouw.
By: Fabian Kemps Verhage – WUR-student and participant of the ‘Resource Revolution’ Excursion.
Who can Lease me a Pair of Shoes?
During the RUW-excursion ‘Resource Revolution’ to Berlin and Leipzig I discussed with a friend how we could make our society more sustainable. We concluded that it would be a good start if people would only buy those things that they really needed, meaning those products and services that substantially improved their well-being. Effective shampoo and long-lasting jeans would fall under that category, but cranberry-extract shampoo and fast-fashion jeans would not. We wondered whether our society would be more sustainable if people would only buy those things they came up with by themselves (e.g. “Ah, my feet are cold. I need a good pair of shoes”), instead of being driven into purchases by marketing (e.g. “Wow, these new sneakers are so cool! I really want to buy them.”
Students during RUW’s Resource Revolution (Source: @Mbr_EvO; Erik-Jan van Oosten)