LOCAL FOODS: QUALITY, ECONOMY OF SCALE AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
Growing food locally has a positive effect on both quality and health, control of the distribution process and it therefore empowers us; it generates a local economy and promotes local production, reducing pollution. Committing to local production contributes to a more sustainable economy that makes the supply of products easier and brings us closer to self-sufficiency. When the food we eat is sourced locally, we are less vulnerable. Everything that we eat consumes resources, creates employment, requires transportation, conservation and storage. Understanding the food cycle can help us to consume more responsibly.
Activities description: Roundtables, sampling local products in the presence of the producers, talks in which international experiences are shared and chats on small-scale fishing, livestock farming and forestry management are just a few of the activities available to citizens. The aim is to help understand that when we eat, we activate distribution circuits. How and where they are managed affects the environmental and social impact they will have.
- 14-24 October, all daySustainable Food Week Social Media, Screens of the muncipal marketsExhibition
In order to spark an interest in local and seasonal cuisine among the younger generations, an activity designed for kids was carried out, which consisted of creating a piece of artwork about the origins of food.
Through a fun and creative activity, based on the collage technique, boys and girls from the Barcelona Metropolitan Area created a set of landscapes from the ingredients used to make different recipes. A collective imaginary, which introduced young children, in a playful, experimental and creative way, to the knowledge about our gastronomic culture, and at the same time, taught them the value of a healthy and sustainable diet.
The art work can be seen on the Sustainable Food Week social media and also on the different screens set up at the different municipal markets.
- Idea and concept: curation team for the Sustainable Food Citizen Week.
- With the collaboration of Marta de los Pájaros and Fundesplai.
- October 14th - 19.30 HPlaça de Sant JaumeShow
The start off the week will be a chorus, musical, and participative. Having their say will be the real heroes of sustainable food, those involved in the food cycle: the fishermen, drivers, chefs, farmers, ranchers, market vendors. The speech will be intertwined with the large mechanical orchestra of Cabo San Roque, distributed in the form of a sound mural in front of the City Hall, along with the active participation of the public, in a collective musical creation composed especially for the occasion. A show that highlights all the participants behind the food supply network and gives them a voice.
- Scenography and musical composition: Cabo San Roque
- Stage direction and coordination: Edi Pou
- Idea and concept: Virginia Angulo / Martín Garber
- October 16th - 12.30 H and 17.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaShow
Horta is a show that recuperates values rooted in the earth and the most genuine ancestral customs, bringing them up to date and adapting them to the interests and knowledge of younger children. An itinerant journey through various transformed theatrical spaces in Horta, where the senses and the children are the protagonists: touching the earth, listening to and singing songs, discovering stories and old objects and smelling herbs.
Joana and Esther, the two stars of this story, have everything ready: this is the time to wake the earth up and start the cycle, as they were shown by their granddad Vicent and their grandma Maria.
An experience that combines the power of oral narration with the magic and poetry of theatrical and performance resources. Through our senses, we discover what Horta is, with tenderness and emotion, but above all, with humour, entertainment and education.
The countryside is part of our tradition and our future and... Who knows, the children in the audience today may become the great agronomists of the future!
- October 16th from 13.00 to 14.00 HPlaça ReialShow
Agroecology and family circus show.
“The land is full of plastic and GMOs and agrochemicals are threatening us. Luckily, we have an endangered species called Pagès… ”
- October 16th - 18.00 HPlaça ReialTalk
Discussion on unsustainable fishing and its impact. What are the consequences of not fishing in our seas? We’ll be meeting up to discuss the impact that international fishing agreements are having and the advantages to local fishing. We will also find out how West Africa's coastal populations are facing over-exploitation of their maritime resources and what local-fish initiatives we have in Barcelona.
- October 16th - 20.00 HPlaça ReialTalk
Presentation of Repensa el que menges (Rethink What You Eat), a guide for the sustainability of formal and non-formal educational practices in the promotion of the right to food through the service learning methodology.
- October 16th - 20.00 HTeatre del CCCB, Jardí dels Tarongers, Plaça del Rei, Parc de la BarcelonetaShow
A unique musical group, the Vegetable Orchestra, plays instruments made from fresh vegetables. The use of various vegetable instruments makes for a unique musical and aesthetic universe. The Vegetable Orchestra covers the most diverse musical styles, combining genres from electronic music to jazz. The newly created instruments determine the resulting sound. A Vegetable Orchestra concert appeals to all five senses.
- Local fish, fishermen from Barcelona. How to consume local fish in a sustainable and responsible wayOctober 17th - 11.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaTalk
Talk presenting local fish consumption projects such as La Platgeta, which will provide the keys to consuming fish in a healthy, fair, sustainable and responsible way.
- October 17th - 11.30 HParc de la BarcelonetaTalk
Explanation of the Baix Llobregat Agricultural Park as a metropolitan agricultural area that produces food locally for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. A public-private entity that aims to preserve the farmland and encourage the development of a professional agriculture that ensures the supply of fruits and vegetables to local markets and the viability of farms. During the talk we will discuss projects like the Parc Agrari farmers markets, the Producte Fresc del Parc Agrari brand, and the creation of a “test” area to encourage young people to get involved in farming.
- October 17th - 12.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaTalk
Ramats de Foc is a prescribed-silvopasture project aimed at boosting the contribution of livestock in fire-risk management through pasture in strategic forest areas.
Prescribed silvopasture is the practice of extensive livestock feeding following established a priori guidelines and goals to achieve a type of fire-resistant forest mass and Ramats de Foc is an initiative to promote this work, and help to extend it through our forests and bring it added value.
The project also aims to promote continuity of livestock activity in the region, through its twofold food and landscaping work, and to strengthen the ties between shepherds and local butchers.
By promoting the consumption of livestock animals that manage our forests, the aim is to encourage a change of perception in society so people understand how a certain kind of regional management will enable protection against the big fires that cause the most damage and that initiatives as simple as consuming local livestock are already helping to maintain fire-adapted landscapes.
- October 17th - 12.30 HParc de la BarcelonetaTalk
Alternatives from the global south to the impact of our unsustainable food system: the case of the Mercado Central del AMBA (Buenos Aires metropolitan area).
The activity, which is aimed at all members of the public, is part of the agreement for implementing the “Barcelona menja bé i just” project.
- October 17th - 14.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaCulinary experience
Would you like to taste a menu put together by healthy, sustainable groups? Let yourself be seduced by their culinary proposals. Come, taste, and become part of the change.
When designing the menu, we took the following into account:
- The Mediterranean diet as the basis for the project: seasonal vegetables, legumes and fish.
- The food offered to us by the producers of local, seasonal ecological produce.
- The dishes have been designed with culinary combinations, in order to enjoy the territory's food, produced using healthy culinary techniques.
The menu is cooked by eighteen chefs who belong to the network; we are from Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon, Madrid, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Galicia.
We serve the menu accompanied by the producers who supplied the vegetables, legumes, oil, wine and fish. We will also be accompanied by a manager of short-circuit marketing, a nutritionist and an educator; we would like you to meet all of the people who make the change of model possible in our groups, a strategic sector for furthering this change in the food model.
- Cream of sweet potato with hen-of-the-wood mushrooms
- Raw vegetable salad with pomegranate and orange vinaigrette
- Chickpea hamburger with spinach and young garlic sauce
- Beetroot pie with carob sauce
We hereby inform you that we cannot guarantee that the meals served during this event are free of substances that may cause some type of allergy or food intolerance.
- October 17th - 16.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaShow
This show reflects the result of the last fifteen years this quintet's career, in which they have further explored their own style using organic, natural instruments with a grass-roots and contemporary language.
The concert revolves around organic instruments made from materials found in nature. Once they have been crafted, respecting the natural material, they generate melodies with a unique sound.
The stars of the show are the oak-wood and slate txalapartas, percussion instruments using wood from the desert and pipes. We will also hear a clarinet made from bamboo, whose sound creates atmospheric base lines that enhance the other instruments.
- October 17th - 17.30 HParc de la BarcelonetaRound table
Challenges and opportunities for multiplying and consolidating transformational food networks
There has been a significant increase in initiatives, over the last few years, which attempt to facilitate and ensure widespread access to organic and local food, taking the needs of the area's farmers into account. Central purchasing bodies, farmers’ distribution networks and new consumption cooperatives with shops (also known as cooperative supermarkets) are just a few examples of these.
The main goal of these projects is to provide a greater diversity of consumer profiles with access to these types of products. To do that, they aim to overcome the obstacles that prices and physical accessibility represent. They also aim to help improve the viability of the initiatives of farmers who work with agro-ecological values and practices.
The aim of the session is to discover various types of initiatives for distributing organic and local food and to reflect on what the key elements are that can help to multiply and consolidate transformational food networks. Taking part in this will be members of Germinando involved in GIASAT (Gestión Integral Agroecológica de los Sistemas Alimentarios Territorializados), VallaEcolid, the Barcelona Local Agri-Food Exchange Centre (CIAP), promoted by the Farmers’ Union, and the Quèviure and Economat Social cooperatives.
- October 17th - 20.00 HParc de la BarcelonetaScreening
Sixty years of standardised fruit and vegetable production and the creation of industrial hybrids have had a dramatic impact on their nutritional content. In the last 50 years, they have lost 27% of their vitamin C and almost half their iron. The tomato, for example: through multiple hybridisations, scientists are constantly producing redder, smoother, and firmer fruits. In the process, however, a quarter of the calcium and more than half of the vitamins have been lost.
The seeds that give rise to the fruits and vegetables we eat are now owned by a handful of multinationals, such as Bayer and Dow-Dupont. These multinationals produce their seeds mainly in India, where workers earn just a few rupees, while the company has a turnover of more than 2 billion euros. A globalised business where seeds are more expensive than gold. According to the FAO, 75% of cultivated varieties have disappeared in the last 100 years.
Loss of nutrients, privatization of life. This documentary presents the great monopoly of the industry on our fruits and vegetables.
- October 17th - 20.00 HPlaça ReialShow
At the improshow we play with knowledge about food, sustainability and the climate emergency. We’ll be improvising everyday situations connected with sustainable food and local organisations, through humour and based on audience suggestions.
An innovative experience in which the audience will become the authors of stories that are surprising, exciting and fun.
- October 19 at 7:30 h / October 20, 21 and 22 at 16:00 hFishermen's Guild of BarcelonaVisit / Tour
The fish market is a specific part of the Barcelona fishing port where the fish that have been caught during the day are auctioned off for sale. On the occasion of Sustainable Food Week, the market opens its doors so that we can learn about the fleet of the Fishermen’s Guild of la Barceloneta, the various fishing methods used and the environmental impact they have. During the visit, we will talk about the types of fishing and the methods used to catch different species, while learning what a day at the market is like, what species are sold at auction, and what measures are being taken to address the new challenges that are putting marine ecosystems at risk.
- Remnants and futures of agriculture in Barcelona: La Ponderosa, El Rec Comtal and La Casa de l’AiguaOctober 23th from 10.00 to 13.00 HCasa de l'Aigua de la Trinitat NovaVisit / Tour
Are there any allotment estates left in Barcelona? How does Barcelona feed itself? How vulnerable are we, without having land available for producing the food we eat? Discover La Ponderosa, the city’s last allotment estate, the Rec Comtal and water heritage, and fall in love with local produce and sustainable food.