Grow your own Fruits and Vegetables Sustainably and Tasty

Grow your own Fruits and Vegetables Sustainably and Tasty

What motivates us to grow our own fruits and vegetables? The effort as such of course. The prospect of a harvest, no matter how modest. A green and at the same time colorful garden. Foods without poison. Improvement of the environment.

The fact that the exercise it takes to grow your own fruits and vegetables, in combination with the outdoor work, keeps you fit. Of course, the examples of others also motivate particularly well, because there is no motivation without inspiration.

In this article, I present some of the examples we know of. The aim is to inspire you to also grow your own fruits and vegetables. 

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Medical Care for the Elderly Lags Substantially Behind

Medical Care for the Elderly Lags Substantially Behind

“Medical care for the elderly lags substantially behind in most Western countries.” Already in 2007, the Dutch professor of internal medicine and gerontology Rudi Westendorp made this claim in one of his famous lectures.

Westendorp advanced two arguments to prove medical care for the elderly lags behind. The first was that the medical protocols prevented a more coherent approach of the elderly. His second argument was that people over 65 were consistently excluded from medical research.

Unfortunately, in The Netherlands, Westendorp’s wake-up call fell on deaf ears. Shortly afterward, he moved to Denmark. If the current pandemic proves anything, it is indeed that Westendorp was right and that medical care for the elderly lags behind.

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Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

The benefits of organic food are numerous. We buy and eat organic food, because it’s better for our environment, for biodiversity, for our food supply, for our health, and for farmers as well. How to explain all these advantages?

For us, to buy organic food is a way to contribute to a better world. With this in mind, we have no problem with the extra price we pay for organic food. It’s an investment that pays off immediately.

Organic food is in fact cheap because we hardly spend money on doctors or medication. We also enjoy investing in the devotion and enthusiasm of the organic farmers and shopkeepers we know. We admire their craftsmanship and their courage for going against the conventional farmers and food industry.

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Agrifood Chain Overlooks the Importance of Customer Loyalty

Agrifood Chain Overlooks the Importance of Customer Loyalty

The importance of customer loyalty is overlooked by the agrifood chain. The loyalty of consumers is questioned by acting as if they’re stupid. That is one of the opinions I shared in the series of articles I recently wrote about the agrifood complex and its impact on customers.

The first article discussed the food anxiety depression that’s sold to us by governments, agrifood business, and scientists.

The second article introduced the debate about food safety.

The third article explained the complexity of the debate about food and the food industry.

In this article, I express my surprise about the lack of the food industry’s confidence in their own capacities. I will illustrate this with two examples. The first is the dairy debate that emerged in The Netherlands at the beginning of the 21st century. The next are the false claims in the European Parliament that the European Green Deal will cause food shortages.

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What is Sustainability in Food and How Can we Achieve it?

What is Sustainability in Food and How Can we Achieve it?

What is sustainability in food and how can we achieve it, is the central question I addressed in my previous 2 articles. In this article, I will explain why governments, the agrifood industry, supermarkets, and scientists, do a lousy job when it comes to the citizen’s sustainability agenda.

In my first article, of this series of 3, I argued that we don’t really suffer from food anxiety depression.

In my second article, I stated that in general, we consider our food to be safe.

Moreover, food is tasty and cozy. We enjoy our food. And dining together with family and friends are life’s highlights. Food also keeps our engine running.

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Why is Food Safety Important for All of Us?

Why is Food Safety Important for All of Us?

Why is food safety important and what is the connection with the food anxiety depression theory?

In the first article of this series I explained the food anxiety depression as a political, business, and scientific theory. From various perspectives, I tested the credibility of this theory. Specifically from the consumer perspective, this credibility seems very low.

Our behavior gives away how confident we are about our food, as well as our fears and uncertainties. As has been referred to in the first article. Another indicator of confidence in food may be the consumer’s willingness to pay for greater food safety.

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Do We All Suffer from a Food Anxiety Depression?

Do We All Suffer from a Food Anxiety Depression?

The Food Anxiety Depression is a theory with very strong roots in government and food industry policies and in the science community: “What we can and cannot eat is determined by our fears and uncertainties. This anxiety is incited by the progress that has been made during the past 50 years.” 

These are the words of a prominent international expert on food and agriculture. Yet, can we trust these words to be true? Are we really that anxious about what we eat? Did the progress of modern society indeed impose a food anxiety depression on all of us?

Moreover, if the food anxiety depression is really spread widely, can we still speak of progress? Do we fear our food? From an opposite point of view we may ask ourselves: is our food dangerous?

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Nutritional Guidelines with a Sustainable Focus

Nutritional Guidelines with a Sustainable Focus

Nutritional guidelines with a sustainable focus are hard to come by. This is a guideline combining such diverse goals as a healthy lifestyle, weight control, a nutritious diet, animal welfare, biodiversity, a fertile soil, waste and energy reduction, good labor conditions, affordable prices and a fair income.

It’s easy to attribute good health to our diet. However, there is a limited truth in this. Our age, the height and weight of our body, our lifestyle, hereditary factors, our hormones, medication, and in general our health status, contribute to how we feel.

Of course, as far as food can make us feel better, it is good to reflect on our dietary intake with a nutritional guideline. The governments of more than 100 countries issued such guidelines.

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Unlock the Benefits of Reducing Food Waste with a Personal Food Plan

Unlock the Benefits of Reducing Food Waste with a Personal Food Plan

The benefits of reducing food waste are economic and environmental. When we pay more attention to the food we waste, we start to economize and contribute to a more sustainable world.

The best way to start to reduce food waste is by developing a Personal Food Plan. This plan helps you to reduce food waste by reflecting on why, what, when, how and where you eat.

Your Personal Food Plan has many more advantages, but for now I stick to the benefits of reducing food waste. Write your Personal Food Plan down on your laptop or mobile.

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How to Live with a History of Allergies

How to Live with a History of Allergies

A history of allergies can have a severe impact on our lives. More and more people are diagnosed with allergies. Particularly food allergies are on the rise.

When we visit the food department of the supermarket there are a lot of products on offer without gluten. We all have friends that are afraid of bees or peanuts. A lot of dust in the air makes most of us sneeze.

Allergies are related to many other ailments. How to handle the consequences of allergies is not easy. For people with mild to serious consequences this is a lifetime job. Moreover, with the current pandemic much more is at stake.

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