Program, 1st Olympic Seed Festival & 17th Peliti Seed Festival,
April 20, 21, 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 19 2017. Arrival day
Thursday April 20 2017. Day One of the 1st Olympic Seed Festival. Conference with registered participants. (Morning session at the Peliti Land, afternoon session at the Hospitality Village of the Centre of Environmental Education of Paranesti)
07:08:30 Breakfast (hospitality village of the Centre of Environmental Education of Paranesti)
09:00-09.30 Opening ceremony. (Peliti Land).
09.30-10.30 Working together towards a GMO-Free, Pesticide-Free, ,Corporate-Free future in continuation of the discussions at the People’s Assembly, The Hague 14-16 October 2016. Coordinator: Ruchi Shroff, Seed Freedom Coordinator, seedfreedom.info
10.30-11.00 Declaration of the First Olympic Seed Festival. Coordinator Panagiotis Sainatoudis
11:00 – 12:00 Video messages for audiences throughout the world
12.00-12.00 The situation of traditional varieties in the US.
By Shannon McCabe (Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co, www.rareseeds.com)
13.00 – 15.00 Break and lunch at the Hospitality village
(Continuing at the Hospitality Village)
15:00 – 16:00 Actions in Africa. «The food sovereignty, the impact of genetically modified organisms in seed and food, what are the strategies of the struggle for a real food sovereignty» by Tapsoba Ali De Goamma, Organization:TERRE A VIE country: Burkina Faso, Africa.
16:10 -17:10 Seed Festival at the Theological School of Halki, Monastery Agia Triada in Turkey. Speaker: Father Gedeon. The Halki seminary, formerly the Theological School of Halki (Greek: Θεολογική Σχολή Χάλκης and Turkish: Ortodoks Ruhban Okulu), was founded on the 1st October 1844 on the island of Halki (Turkish: Heybeliada), the second-largest of the Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara. It was the main school of theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church‘s Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople until the Turkish parliament enacted a law banning private higher education institutions in 1971. The theological school is located at the top of the island’s Hill of Hope, on the site of the Byzantine-era Monastery of the Holy Trinity. The premises of the school continue to be maintained by the monastery and are used to host conferences. It is possible to visit the island by boat as it can be reached in approximately one hour from the coast at Istanbul.
22:00 Music, from the music band “Namaste”
Friday, April 21 2017. Conference with registered participants. Day Two . (Morning session at the Peliti Land, afternoon session at the Hospitality Village of the Centre of Environmental Education of Paranesti)
07:00 – 8:30 Breakfast (hospitality village)
09:00 – 10:00 How to ban GMOs worldwide. We link the 1st Olympic Seed Festival and the 17th Peliti Seed Festival with the International Meeting of Resistance to GMOs which will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th April in Lorient, Brittany, coordinator Matthieu Le Breton.
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 11:10 The gardens of Hope in the war areas in Syria. Activists from the «15th Garden». The “15th garden” is a platform with organizations from Europe and the Middle east which supports farmers in war zones.
11.10 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:20 Presentations from Cyprus
Six different groups from Cyprus will be present including the president of the Farmers Union, the largest agricultural union of Cyprus.
12:20 – 12:30 Break
12:30 –13:30 Seed Festivals worldwide: In Bulgaria, Turkey, and Cyprus there will be Seed Festivals in 2017, in cooperation with Peliti. Among other countries, delegations from these countries will also be present. Τhe possibility of support to future festivals to be held in other countries will also be discussed.
13:30 – 15:30. Break, lunch at the hospitality village
(Continuing at the hospitality village)
15:30–16:30 Actions in Latin America. Message from the Mayan communities «COMITE DE CAMPENSINOS DE SAN PEDRO LA LAGUNA» Farmers from the community of San Pedro la Laguna of Guatemala.
16:30 – 16:40 Break
How to work from the bottom-up and from the top down towards seed conservation and sustainable breeding and use of seeds in Europe.
Coordinators: Hannes Lorenzen Agricultural Expert senior agricultural advisor at the European Parliament and Blanche Magarinos-Rey, Lawyer, expert on seed issues, author of the book «Seeds outside the law, biodiversity under confiscation»(in French)
17.50-18.40 Continuation of the previous session with Hannes Lorenzen and Blanche Magarinos Rey.
20:00 International meal, each participant brings food or drink from his home country.
22:00 Music, with the music band “Namaste”
Parallel workshops on Thursday and Friday, 20th– 21st April
1. Outdoor education, is defined as a combination of outdoor activities, environmental education and personal and social development. It enables students to access the learning process on the spot, in a forest, a park, on a beach, etc. Outdoor Education can also be used as a pedagogical tool for improving learning results. Coordinator: Irini Skoutari
17th Peliti Seed Festival
Saturday, April 22 2017, Annual Peliti Seed Festival open to all visitors (Peliti Land).
free seed exchange
workshops for children
seed exhibitions, photo exhibition, agricultural tools, etc.
In the large shed
11: 00-11:15 Greetings.
11:15 to 11:30 Address by the Deputy Minister of Rural development & Food Mr. John Tsironis.
11:30-12:00 «Food sovereignty, the impact of genetically modified organisms on seeds and food, what are the strategies of the struggle for real food sovereignty»
Speaker: Mr. Tapsoba Ali De Goamma, activist for Human Rights and representative of the citizens Association for Agroecology, president of the organization TERRE A VIE, country: Burkina Faso, Africa.
12:00-12:30 We link the 1st Olympic Seed Festival and the 17th Peliti Seed Festival with the International Meeting of Resistance to GMOs which will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th April in Lorient in Brittony-France, coordinator Matthieu Le Breton
12.30-13.00 «Traditional varieties in the US»
Speaker: Ms. Shannon Mccabe, organization: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Co, Country: USA
13.00-13.15 Impending privatization of energy in Greece. Speaker Miltiadis Kriatselis, representative of workers at the Public Power Corporation
13:15-13:30 Closing ceremony of the 1st Olympic Seed Festival and the 17th Peliti Seed Festival . Joining hands in a circle …Commemorative photograph in front of the Peliti Seed House
We send a solidarity message reading the Declaration of the 1st Olympic Seed Festival to the Global audience in a video from Peliti’s land
13:30 Food from traditional varieties served to participants (free of charge)
14:00 Music and dance from the band Namaste.
The organizing committee reserves the right to change the program if this is considered necessary.
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Piraeus Bank, account number: 6198-040030-332
IBAN: GR10 0171 1960 0061 9804 0030 332
Beneficiary: Alternative Community Peliti