ELA Streaming Club – Kiss the Ground
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Our Streaming Club session on 9 December 2021 featured an amazing expert panel who discussed soil health and food security concerns in a time of climate change, and the need for law and policy reform to support regenerative farming. The panel discussion was inspired by the beautiful 2021 documentary, Kiss the Ground, available on Netflix. The documentary is based on the book by Josh Tickell: Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World. In the documentary, scientists and celebrity activists unpack some of the ways in which the Earth’s soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet.
The panel discussion was chaired by Margot Slabbert, ELA Executive Committee member. There were no costs to join this event, which is part of the ELA’s efforts to advance knowledge in domestic and international environmental law, including in relation to the recognition of indigenous voices, and the urgent need for reform of the law in a time of socio-ecological crisis. A recording of the event is available on our YouTube Channel.
We learned that there is an urgent need to ensure pesticide reform, as many of the pesticides used on our food are toxic. Check out ‘Unpoison‘ to learn more.
To learn more about Biowatch SA’s work on agroecological farming, look here.
Our expert panel comprised of:
- Farmer Angus (Angus McIntosh), a regenerative farmer in the Western Cape,
- Vanessa Black, Advocacy, Research and Policy Coordinator of Biowatch South Africa (a leading NGO that works with smallholder farmers, other civil society organisations and government to ensure that people have control over their food, agricultural processes and resources, and other natural resources, within a biodiverse, agroecological and sustainable system), and
- Mandla Nkomo, an agribusiness expert and the Chief Growth Officer for CGIAR (the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network).