"What do you see here? A bunch of rubbish or food waste, if you like to be precise. Regardless of the used term, it is just trash right!? I was thinking the same until I came across a fascinating idea during my search for simple ecological practices that can reduce our waste generation. These practices include using recycled materials, reusing materials and the one that I am going to talk about in this post re-growing food waste. The more I read about plants and food growing, the more I realize how plants are incredible living organisms!
"What is then the right approach towards complex problems? Instead of focusing on answers, the attention should be put on the specific inquiries from which they derive. The SUSPLACE FINAL EVENT has been a sort of Socratic session. The right questions, rather than accurate answers, have been the key findings of the whole conference.
Sergio's project, ‘Reclaiming the Coventry Canal’ is a joint effort of Coventry University's CAWR, University of Warwick and The Coventry Peace House and is realised within the frame of the RECOMS project. The aim of the project is to organise a festival in which the local community will reclaim the Coventry Canal while highlighting its historical, environmental and cultural value. The festival will be co-organised among researchers, local organisations and members of the community through a series of workshops.
Maria Alina Radulescu, RECOMS fellow hosted by the Rijkswaterstaat (the executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) and a PhD student at the University of Groningen, started at the beginning of 2019 a blog about her research entitled “Climate Adaptation through Socio-spatial planning” in which she explores the potential of experimental and participatory methods as part of a new, adaptive and integrated planning approach based on experimentation, flexibility, innovation and learning.
14 young researchers got together within the frame of RECOMS second training event in February in Coventry, UK to deal with various community projects and work with local stakeholders on food sovereignty and agroecology. One of the groups jointly composed a piece on the blog 'Food democracy...how?' about their thoughts and reflections.
Scott Davis, RECOMS fellow started his blog early this year on his research. In his words, the blog is "about local environments and spaces, which are changing at pace, therefore how communities’ feel attached to, and responsible for adjusting their places, is also constantly evolving. At a governance level, there is a social policy drive for “stronger communities” often under the banner of community resilience. Governments are requesting communities to participate more in society and therefore become more ‘’resilient’’ through taking responsibility for their local environments.
In the article (Toxic Bios: Toxic Autobiographies—A Public Environmental Humanities Project), the authors present Toxic Bios, a public environmental humanities project that aims to co-produce, gather, and make visible stories of contamination and resistance.The project aims to foster environmental justice (EJ) through enhancing narrative justice, contrasting toxic narratives, and uncovering unheard stories. Throughout the article, they place Toxic Bios within the larger field of the environmental humanities, suggesting a series of areas in which it can contribute to the EJ field.
RECOMS 2nd Training Event called an action learning trainining project on agroecology and food sovereignty took place in Coventry between 1-8 February lead by RECOMS partner, Shared Assets, and continued in Brussels where the fellows had the opportunity to present their current research status to the European Commission. During the two weeks, the focus was on developing a project in smaller groups in three various topics relevant for Coventry and agroecology.
Stephen Leitheiser, RECOMS fellow recently attended the second annual Vernetzungskongress der Ernährungsräte (Congress for German-speaking Food Policy Councils) which took place in Frankfurt from 23-25 November 2018. Here representatives from 28 Food Policy Councils (FPCs) from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands met to map out a future towards Food Democracy. In learning of their experiences he learned that there are many paths toward the horizon of Food Democracy - and they are all winding.