As part of the Night of Ideas 2021, this webinar organized by the French institute in Finlande explores French and Finnish innovative ways for better, fairer and more ecological food consumption. All the participants are involved in short food supply chains. The EPI are a French consumer run grocery shop network, REKO is a model of direct distribution from farmers to consumer operating solely on social media and Oma Maa is an example of community-supported agriculture in the Helsinki area.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with public.
The event will be held in English
REKO - Thomas Snellman, Finland
Thomas Snellman from Pedersöre in Finland is the founder of the REKO model that has come to revolutionise the local food scene in almost all Nordic countries. REKO is a model for direct trading of food that connects local farmers with local consumers by using Facebook as its ordering platform and free parking lots for the delivery of the produce. Since 2013, REKO has experienced an exponential growth that covers large parts of the Nordic countries.
More on REKO here https://aitojamakuja.fi/en/what-is-reko/
EPI - Marie-lou Poulot, France
The idea behind EPI is to create a functional tool kit so that anyone can have access to local and fairly produced goods. Using the existing tools (web platform to source and sell the goods from local producers) any small group of citizens can easily create its own grocery shop and organize direct distributions from farmers to consumers. The benefits are integrally paid to the producers. More on EPI here https://www.monepi.fr/
Oma Maa - Ruby van der Wekken, Finland
Oma Maa is a food co-operative based on community-supported agriculture (CSA) as well as ecologically and socially sustainable food production methods. Together as a community we produce a large variety of produce at our community farm, the Lassila family farm in Tuusula, about 30 km from Helsinki.