Our food supply is the largest contributor of greenhouse gases in percentage terms of all sectors. Moreover, the industrial approach to producing our food depletes the soil. And that is 'compensated' by huge amounts of fertilizers. In turn, this causes destruction of eco systems. And to achieve high production, large amounts of herbicides and pesticides are used that poison soil and groundwater. This also kills off many animal species, including urgently needed pollinators.

In addition, the consumption of fresh water for agriculture and animal industries is huge. Because of that, an increasing number of regions worldwide risk becoming completely unsuitable for growing food due to drought. Empty water reservoirs, rivers running dry, very low groundwater levels. If then climate change results in (much) less rainfall, we have broken the natural cycle and drinking water supplies are also at risk. On the other hand, regions with a huge increase in rainfall are just as vulnerable to crop failures.

So your food has a big impact on your ecological footprint...

In the second part of Food, to be published next Thursday, I will give you a series of tips and considerations for changing your menu to benefit your health and for a lower ecological footprint. The third and final part, next week Monday, is about food processing, from the land to your kitchen.

If you have questions, want to share your thoughts and experiences or if there is something you want more information about: please react with a comment on this blog post or send me an email.

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Solar Flames - The petals of a sunflower
Solar Flames


Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose in the menu for Your Footprint.

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Thank you 🍏 !