What to do with # 4: Food
And interview with Lisette Kreischer, food expert and owner of the Dutch Weedburger
October 08, 2013
Food is as essential a product as water and therefore, an essential topic to delve into. Indeed, there is much to do with regards to food in terms of distribution, sustainability, quality and quantity. What and how? You find out here through an interview with Lisetter Kreischer, vegetable and seafood expert.
- What do you perceive as the current challenges with regard to food?
There are certain ways to produce food which have effects on the earth. For instance, the use of drinking water for agriculture, the use of land for agriculture, the animal production industry and the use of vegetable crops to feed them, and less arable land. This together makes it that we currently overshoot earth’s capacity. Indeed, we now need two worlds to produce healthy foods and with an estimated population of 9 billion by 2050, this will be three of them. In addition, the fish population has drastically decreased and when they are gone, the seafood chain will be destroyed which results into acidification of the seas (aka: no oxygen).
- What are the solutions to these global agricultural issues?
Solutions should be sought outside of the current food production system. During the water forum this year (2013), scientists have called upon the global community to become vegetarian in order to tackle the issues ascribed above. The food production and distribution should be looked at. More consumption at the source should be stimulated, like vegetable crops and basic staples such as grain and rice. However, this should not be the only solution as this increases the agricultural land demand. Seaweed could be one of the solutions: it contains the same protein structure like meat due to its macro and micro units. Growing seaweed on sea can easily be done, and then no agricultural land is necessary. The plant takes the nutrients out of the sea, which it turns into available and healthy substances for human intake. It is more efficient since not much of the plant is needed, while the same amounts of protein, vitamin, and mineral intake can be met in comparison with vegetables and meat. If we are to focus on seaweed, a size three times Portugal is necessary to meet the demand of 9 billion people by 2050.
- What role do you see for the consumer?
Since food is so vital to our existence, the consumer is as responsible as the government and should therefore take up its responsibility and think critically about what it eats and drinks. Do not presume that that what is in the store is of good quality or right for the producer in terms of labour conditions and price. You, as a consumer, should consider quality, quantity, and fairness.
Quote: ‘Eat more vegetable crops: you gain much in terms of nutrients, choice, minerals, vitamins, and in the end, it is healthy for you’. Lisette Kreischer.
- Join the vegetable club: eat at least one day only vegetable crops, play with seaweed, and be a little bit more radical than eating no meat. You can do a lot with vegetables, grains, basic staples, nuts and fruit.
- Have a meat free day: eat vegetarian and be creative with your food. It makes it fun.
- Be conscious in the store when purchasing food. Think about the quality (organic), quantity, and fairness (fair-trade/(UTZ) certified).
- Having leftovers? Reuse them and/or be creative with it.
- Do you have healthy and fair ideas about food which you want to share here? Please feel free to do so.
Seaweed farm in Indonesia