Grow your Own Herbs Indoors or Outside for Quality Herbal Tea

Grow your Own Herbs Indoors or Outside for Herbal Tea

As you may know, Tom and I are huge advocates of organic food. Yet we are also aware that in some places organic produce is hardly available. So why not grow some yourself? And if you don’t have a garden, herbs are especially easy to grow indoors.

Some are easy growers, others need more attention. The orientation of your window is important, as well as the soil you put them in. You can sow them or use cuttings. And nowadays there are complete, highly sophisticated indoor systems.

Personally, I like the simple way, but we are all different. So if you want to grow your own herbs indoors, choose the method that suits you best. You’ll be all the more motivated once results are coming.

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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 do you have a Soap Allergy? What are Promising Solutions?

Why do you have a Soap Allergy? What are Promising Solutions?

From the 70s my parents went on holiday in Spain and brought Maja soap back home with them. The scent of that soap still reminds me of my sun burnt mother who blissfully unwrapped her soap.

The scent was too flowery for me, but what I liked was the paper packaging. I don’t have a soap allergy, but I want sustainable products, including their packaging. Nowadays there is hardly any soap available in Spain that is wrapped in paper. Even in the Eco store, the Marseille soap is wrapped in plastic.

I usually buy my soap at an old crafts market, if I happen to bump into it. Those are usually barren or have a banderole of paper around them. The best soap I have found so far is honey soap, which was a present of a nice beekeeper in the center of Spain.

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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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