The 3rd Utrecht Degrowth Symposium will take place on 29th September 2023, bringing together policymakers and civil servants, researchers, students, farmers, social movements, and other interested people to explore what a degrowth perspective can bring to the debate on agri-food system sustainability.
Degrowth emerged in the early 2000s as an academic and activist critique of our dominant socio-economic system which pursues growth at all costs, causing human exploitation and environmental destruction. It stimulates a search for alternatives beyond a ‘one‐way future consisting only of growth’ (Le Guin, 1982), and pushes us to imagine and practice forms of society and economy that do not need to endlessly grow to merely survive.
Degrowth prioritizes social and ecological well-being instead of corporate profits, over-production and excess consumption. This requires radical redistribution, reduction in the material size of the global economy, and a shift in common values towards care, solidarity and autonomy. It also means transforming societies to ensure environmental justice and a good life for all within planetary boundaries.
Sustainable agri-food systems are essential for societies to be able to thrive within planetary boundaries. The debate on agri-food systems sustainability is heated and multiple visions compete to cast light on the future of food production and consumption in the Netherlands and worldwide. Yet, the debate is also stuck in existing approaches and for many it has become difficult to imagine pathways to just and sustainable agri-food systems. In this context, can degrowth bring something new to the debate?
- What can degrowth contribute to the ongoing debate on agri-food system sustainability?
- How would an agriculture sector that does not need to grow to merely survive look like in the Netherlands, and internationally?
- Which degrowth-inspired policies and actions can contribute to transforming agri-food system toward sustainability?
|13:15||Welcome||Giuseppe Feola, Utrecht University|
|13.30||Lecture with Q&A|
A degrowth perspective on agri-food systems sustainability
|Julia Spanier & Jacob Smessaert, Utrecht University|
|14.15||Lecture with Q&A|
Degrowth scenarios for the food system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
|David Meng-Chuen Chen, Humboldt University Berlin & Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)|
Perspectives on Policy and Action: What degrowth-inspired policies and actions for a transformation of the agri-food system?
Leonardo van den Berg, University of Twente, Toekomstboeren, Agroecologie Netwerk & European Coordination Via Campesina
Moderated by Federico Savini, University of Amsterdam
|17:00||Reflections on degrowth and agri-food systems transformation||Giuseppe Feola, Utrecht University|
|17:10||Closing||Giuseppe Feola, Utrecht University|
- Start date and time
- End date and time
- Ruppert Wit, Marinus Ruppertgebouw, Utrecht University
- Entrance fee
Registration is now closed, but you can join the waiting list here.