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Agrochemicals: The Next Frontier in the Fight Against the Fossil Fuel Economy
November 16, 2022 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am PST
Join other funders to explore the urgent need to take on agrochemicals as a core component of a just transition away from fossil fuels. Co-hosted by Health and Environmental Funders Network and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders.
In this webinar, leaders from the field will provide an overview of the fossil fuel-derived agrochemical supply chain and its impacts on communities mobilizing against it in the US Gulf South and globally. These leaders will then join funders to discuss what a vibrant, cross-sector, global-to-local strategy to transition away from these chemicals looks like, with time allotted for funder-only discussion at the end of the call.
Fossil fuel-derived fertilizers and pesticides have significant climate impacts along their life cycles* and are major drivers of toxic pollution and biodiversity loss for communities where they’re made, where they’re used, and where they create toxic runoff.
Few are aware of the way our food systems are tethered to the fossil fuel economy, and of the growing role agrochemicals play in propping it up, including the current promotion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a mechanism to greenwash agrochemical companies as “clean energy companies” and cash in on generous new government subsidies.
Agrochemical and fossil fuel companies are operating or actively exploring dozens of new or expanded production facilities across the world, including projects in eight US states already affected by polluting industries. Communities are already fighting and winning against some of these expansions.
Join the webinar to hear about current and emerging funding and organizing strategies, where there are gaps, and how others are sifting through confusing messaging and the immensity of the challenge to identify bold strategies to meet the urgency of the moment.
* For example, nitrogen fertilizers alone contribute 2% of global GHGs, which is more than the aviation sector! The food system accounts for approximately one third of global GHG emissions.
- Lili Fuhr, Deputy Director, Climate and Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
- Marcia Ishii, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network North America
- Matt Rota, Senior Policy Director, Healthy Gulf
- Sophia Murphy, Executive Director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Moderator: Anna Lappé, Director, Food Sovereignty Fund of the Panta Rhea Foundation
Questions? Email Ninya Loeppky, [email protected]