Training: food distribution, globalization, COVID-19 and food autonomy

posted in: Events | 0

This post is also available in: Català (Catalan) Español (Spanish)

Next Thursday, May 7, 2020, Ricard Espelt will give an online training at the Ateneu Cooperatiu Barcelonès Nord.He will be discussing the absurdity of globalized food production and distribution, the role of Mercabarna, food distribution, the alternative of agroecological consumption in Catalonia, as well as the challenges posed by the necessary changes, even more evident as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The training is held in the framework of the project Singulars Vall de Betlem, participation is free but places are limited and it is necessary to register previously, the session will be in Catalan.

This training is the beginning of a collaboration between femProcomuns and the Ateneu Cooperatiu Barcelonès Nord. The next joint activity will be a training session on Wednesday, May 13, on how to collaborate with the open mapping project, Open Street Map

The food distribution session will last two hours, it will be done through videoconference, with a document to take collaborative notes. It will consist of 3 parts:

1) Production, distribution and consumption of food on a global scale and in Catalonia in particular
2) Alternatives to the global production, distribution and consumption model
3) Trends in food consumption and the impact of COVID-19



Ricard Espelt is a researcher at Dimmons IN3-UOC research group, a collaborating member of the integral cooperative femProcomuns and a member of the association (Des)vestint aliments. PhD in Information and Knowledge Society from the UOC. His research focuses on the economic and social impact of digital platforms and in the study of agroecological consumer cooperatives.

Vall de Betlem project, promoted by La Sargantana cooperative, is recovering the vineyard around the Monastery of San Jeroni de la Murtra, founded in 1416 in a valley above the city of Badalona. They promote this territory and the value of this environment of high patrimonial, cultural and natural interest that contribute to building a new framework of sustainable economic reactivation and collective participation. The project has the support of the Catalan Government’s Singular programme to promote cooperative projects.