This October we wanted to celebrate World Food Day by visiting producers of the Natura 2000 Network to see how agroecology works and how you can preserve the natural heritage through sustainable production.
So on 16th of October we visited Finca Monjarama dedicated to the production of healthy, ecological and local food, with the added value of being produced in a protected area within the Natura 2000 Network of the Community of Madrid, a highly populated and urbanized territory.
Around 20 followers wanted to learn first-hand about the new production systems, which opt for ecological materials and production methods, defend a healthy, quality and responsible diet, and respect biodiversity.
Located in the fertile plain of the Jarama River, 19 km from Madrid, Monjarama has been dedicated to the growth of strawberries for 30 years, and to a lesser extent strawberries, tomatoes of different varieties, as well as raspberries, blackberries, currants and flowers. Another of its peculiarities is its location in the Special Conservation Zone (SCZ) of the Natura 2000 Network “Cuencas de los Ríos Jarama y Henares”. This environment is rich in biodiversity, mainly associated with cereal fields and riverside forests, and is always open to participating in the dissemination of the benefits of conserving the Natura 2000 Network areas so that the public is aware of this network of protected areas.
Agroecology, a chance for the future of young people.
SEO/BirdLife, in coalition with Por Otra PAC, has been calling for years for concrete measures to ensure that the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is currently being discussed with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States, facilitates young people’s access to agriculture, restores the role of producers and consumers and promotes healthy and sustainable production models.
Facing the ageing of the rural environment due to the lack of economic incentives and the absence of a sufficient network of businesses to stop the exodus of young people, SEO/BirdLife has demonstrated with numerous examples, such as Life Olivares Vivos project, that agroecology is a profitable model with a future based on the production of healthy, quality food, respecting and promoting biodiversity.
For these event LIFE Followers has joined forces with AgroecologiCAM project, an operative group promoted by IMIDRA of the Community of Madrid together with FAO (UN) and other collaborating partners.
And always remember… #FollowNature