Whether its on the ground in Cloughjordan Ecovillage where he volunteers with the community farm, in University College Cork talking to Masters students, or in the policy sphere with ARC, Oliver lives, breathes, eats and drinks the world of agri-food and rural affairs. This two pronged approach keeps the midlander going – building a better world in Ireland and fighting the good fight in Europe. “We need both – to practice food sovereignty on the ground, and to work for better agri-food and rural policies at national and EU levels. That’s why ARC is such a good way to engage, share, mobilise, strategise and make change happen.”
A recent rural resilience gathering in the Loire-Atlantique, France saw farmers, cooks, elected officials, analysts, rural activists, volunteers and others drawn from the local and European agroecology and rural resilience movements, meet to work on the future of the socio-ecological transition.
October 20, 2022
Yet again, now is supposedly not the time to do the very things that would reduce our exposure to destructive inputs. There is a fear that this terrible war in Ukraine will give European business-as-usual forces one more excuse turn the EU Green Deal into that potentially perfect but always elusive pie in the sky.
March 29, 2022
So now that we have the evidence of the risk of excessive reliance on feeds, fertilizers and fossil fuels – what are we going to do to adjust to this reality?
March 21, 2022
We now have choices to make regarding (fossil) fuel, fertilizer, feed and food. We can maintain a downward spiral of dependency, still funding war machines and climate catastrophes, or we can, hard as it will be, build real solidarity via our own, deeper iteration of food sovereignty.
March 9, 2022