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TALAMH BEO: Join us 9/03 for a new way of working with the land in Ireland.

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Kilrickle Community Hall, County Galway

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Talamh Beo is a grassroots organisation of farmers, growers and land based workers on the island of Ireland which aims to ensure a living landscape where people and ecosystems can thrive together.

TALAMH BEO Inaugural Meeting:

We are establishing a new organisation in Ireland that represents the interests and defends the livelihoods of people producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods of production – Talamh Beo

  • Are you a farmer/producer of food, fuel or fibre?
  • Are you a citizen interested in food, agriculture and healthy communities?
  • Do you care about the land, the environment and the future of farming?
  • Do you want to work for agricultural policies which serve farmers/producers, communities and ecosystems?
  • Do you want to tell a new story about food and agriculture in Ireland?
  • Do you want to work with others to build an organisation that works towards these aims?


At this meeting you will:

  • Be able to join Talamh Beo as a member (farmers and citizens/consumers welcome)

  • Participate in developing a vision, strategies and actions for Talmah Beo

  • Meet other farmers and citizens motivated to change agriculture and land use in Ireland for the better

  • Get involved in organising and establishing an organistion with a new vision for agriculture in Ireland

  • We will hear from members of the Landworkers Alliance in the UK (https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/) about their experience in establishing a new organisation in the UK and joining La Via Campesina

    www.talamhbeo.ie

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Our bjective is to establish a new organisation in Ireland that represents the interests and defends the livelihoods of people producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods of production – Talamh Beo (www.talamhbeo.ie)

We aim to raise awareness of the obstacles and challenges faced by small-scale producers and family farms and of the role that farmers can play in providing environmental stewardship, livelihoods, strong communities, animal welfare and high-quality affordable food.

In doing this we will campaign for better policies to support small-scale producers, family farms, agro-ecology, local and regional production and food sovereignty.

Talamh Beo will defend and strengthen our alternative forms of agricultural and food production, processing and distribution. We will demonstrate that these alternatives are real and possible.

We will show the public the reality of farming in Ireland and internationally, and open up new messages in the dominant narrative surrounding Food and Agriculture in Ireland.

We will build strong alliances both nationally and internationally with like-minded organisations and build our own membership, while encouraging solidarity and relationships between members and supporters to get involved with our campaigns. Talamh Beo is in the process of joining The European Coordination of La Via Campesina (www.eurovia.org) in order to bring our message about farming to decision makers in Brussels.

We support food sovereignty - the right of communities to define their own food and agricultural systems. Food and agriculture is a collective responsibility and we must all engage with these issues to ensure the land and landscape can nurture future generations.

Talamh Beo will be a representative organisation for farmers, but membership will be made up of both producers and consumers. We have already established a core group to coordinate the establishment of the organisation.

www.talamhbeo.ie

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