Advocating for Agroecology: TONOWASTE Partners to address draft law on Food Losses and Waste in a webinar

In a significant development for food sustainability, the Council of Ministers, upon the recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, approved the draft Law on the Prevention of Food Losses and Waste in January 2024. While hailed as a potential milestone, concerns have emerged regarding the absence of agroecological and territorial perspectives within the current text. In response, various organizations are mobilizing to submit appeals and advocate for the integration of these vital viewpoints across the entire food chain.

The objectives of this initiative are multifaceted:

  • To elucidate the status of the draft law and shed light on efforts undertaken from an agroecological standpoint, as well as to articulate the queries and demands stemming from local food systems.
  • To disseminate information to municipalities and agroecological social organizations regarding the present state of the draft law.
  • To amplify the voices of social entities within the COS (Council of Sustainability).
  • To gauge the perceptions and actions surrounding the draft law within local food systems, while identifying future needs and opportunities.

Programme Highlights:

  1. Understanding the Draft Law: Raquel Díaz Ruiz from Espigoladors and Paola Hernandez from Mensa Cívica will delve into the provisions and current status of the draft law.
  2. Addressing Demands and Improvement Points: This segment, led by Raquel Díaz Ruiz and Paola Hernandez, will explore avenues for incorporating municipalities and agroecology into the law.
  3. Panel Discussion on Local Food Systems: Stakeholders will discuss ongoing initiatives, the perceived value of the draft law, and crucial considerations moving forward.
  4. Production Perspective: Guillermo Puerta Galván, a vegetable producer and President of Vallaecolid, will examine the impact of food losses and waste on the agroecological primary sector.
  5. Distribution Dynamics: The Network of Cooperative Supermarkets, represented by Fernando Navalón, will assess the law’s implications on cooperative supermarkets.
  6. Collective Catering and Consumption: Cuinatur and Sustainable School Canteens, represented by Felix Segarra, will analyze food waste prevention measures in school settings and their alignment with the draft law. Eduardo Montero from the Federation of Consumers and Users (CECU) will share insights on consumer representation within the law.
  7. Local Policy Initiative: Barcelona City Council’s Maria Tarafa will spotlight the potential of municipal instructions in fostering food waste prevention.
  8. Debate and Audience Engagement: The webinar will culminate in an interactive session allowing for debate and audience questions.

As partners in the TONOWASTE project, we invite stakeholders, policymakers, and advocates to join us in this pivotal discussion aimed at shaping a more sustainable and inclusive future for our food systems.

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