A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI In Belgium, the majority of the landings come from the industrial fishing sector. In total, Belgian fishermen fished 26,000 tons of seafood per year in 1950, a figure that collapsed to 5,000 tons in the 2000s. Grey shrimp (Crangon crangon) and
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI Ireland has a long history of fishing. In the 1950s, the Irish fishery landed about 20,000 tons of seafood per year. This figure gradually increased to 75,000 tons per year in the 1970s. Then, in the early 1980s, the fishery was
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI Spain is the biggest fishing country in Europe in terms of tonnage. Galicia is the main fishing region in Spain, although there are also many fishing ports in Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Catalonia. Galicia is located at the northern
A contribution by Thibault Josse, from Pleine Mer / URGENCI Italy is the country with the largest volume of fish landed in the Mediterranean. In the 1950s, Italian fishermen landed 350,000 tons of fish per year, a tonnage that increased enormously afterwards to reach a peak of 850,000 tons in
Looking back at the season or how the “Test training events” took place in the Food&More project With all the training events we were eagerly waiting to meet in person, and we did. During June 2021, we were thus able to carry out the planned training events, with the main
Welcome to our Agricultural Camp during 19 – 30 April! This are the last days to register!
For this year’s CSA day on the 22nd of February we invite you to send in your most beautiful images showing what CSA is all about.
The URGENCI team is growing, and we are seeking a talented and collaborative professional to join us as our Movement Coordinator. If you feel you want to bring your skills and play a role in a dynamic and mission-driven organization, we invite you to apply!
The first Central and Eastern European meeting of Community-Supported Agriculture just kicked off in Wroclaw, Poland!
Wroclaw, Poland, 12 November 2021 The first Central and Eastern European meeting of Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) just kicked off: 30 participants from 6 different countries travelled to EkoCentrum Wrocław, Poland (https://bit.ly/3Hj2Wl2). All participants are citizens and farmers willing to build resilient food communities, where local, ecologically produced food is accessible and considered
Shortening the Distance, Building the Food Community: The organic market Bazar Ekologiczny Krótka Droga, Wrocław
By Mariusz Sibila, Eva Riecanska, Monika Onyszkiewicz Photo credits @KrotkaDrogaBazar (https://www.facebook.com/krotkadrogabazar/photos) The story of the Bazar Ekologiczny Krótka Droga started to unfold in 2009 when a group of local activists in Wrocław set up the Falanster – a book store and a café. At that time, a delegation of consumers
The Knowledge Caravan was organised in partnership with Lagos (southwest Portugal) and Mértola (southeast Portugal) Municipalities. These two municipalities were invited because of their work in promoting local sustainable food systems. Lagos Municipality supports the weekly farmers market Vivo’ Mercado where participants are divided into three different categories: organic certified,
Healthy agricultural soils are the foundations to assuring food security and proper nutrition now as well as in the future. They play a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts. Especially in regions with water stress, and now due to
Terre de Milpa is a newly created project that aims to develop and promote agroecology for women, allowing them to reappropriate agriculture. As part of the social and solidarity economy movement, the project works for social, ecological and food justice. When we visited the project in June 2022 they had
In early April, the partners involved with the Erasmus-funded advocacy project, SALSIFI (Supporting Advanced Learning for Stakeholders Involved in Sustainable Food Systems Initiatives), met at the beautiful La Bergerie de Villarceaux, just outside of Paris. This training was an opportunity for partners to meet – for the first time! –
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI Monday 25 October 2021, Pleine Mer and its partners published a study that revealed the extent of the industrial fishing scandal. How did a handful of millionaires get rich by monopolising European quotas? How did two Dutch industrial fishing giants take
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI The United Kingdom is an archipelago, the cradle of the industrial revolution. It was the first country to deploy a fleet of “industrial trawlers”, as early as the 1880s! Symbolically, these steam trawlers were the first experiment where man used fossil
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI Would you like to buy fish from local fisheries in Switzerland? Nothing could be easier, as there are many freshwater fisheries on Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchâtel for example. If you are in the vicinity of Lake Neuchâtel, you will find
A contribution by Thibault Josse, Pleine Mer / URGENCI Seas surround Turkey on three sides: the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Black Sea to the north, and the Aegean Sea to the west, and fishing is also common in lakes and rivers in the interior regions of the country.