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Cereal renaissance in the field

Category: News
21 April 2020

CERERE Documentary: Cereal renaissance in the field

Scientists and farmers. Bakers and local communities.The CERERE Documentary “Cereal – Reinassance in the field” tells the stories of the protagonists of this agricultural revolution and cultural rebirth that is taking place in the heart of Europe.

In the past decades, many farmers and agronomists are bringing back to the field local and traditional cereal varieties that were being lost to give way to very few, uniform and identical ones that are best suited to be employed in large industrial transformation processes.

Local varieties, on the contrary, are very diverse, selected through centuries in many different climates, soil conditions and food preparations. Their restoration today, through the practice of participatory breeding by those who have long term experience in farming and those who know well their chemical and genetic features, opens the door to a vast range of products and new local value chains.

Local and international networks of farmers, producers, consumers and researchers are bringing back high quality productions and cultural values that differ in each territory and that are not indistinctly uniform everywhere in the world. Rural networks promote the role of farmers as major players in food production. At the same time they highlight that agrobiodiversity is a key value for development, resilience to climate change, social and cultural growth as well as local sustainable management.

The documentary entitled “Cereal - renaissance in the field” presents the new local value chains, from seeds to final products, through the words, stories, emotions of five key players. Around them and with them, the communities and networks that bring their passion to the field, convinced that agriculture should not be treated as an industrial process. People who know that agricultural diversity is the key to keep together communities, territories, cultures, environment and health, tradition and innovation.

This project received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 727848

Keywords: agrobiodiversity participative plant breeding #populations #cereals

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