Did you know a small nature area in a swampy region in the Netherlands that used to be a sea can feed more livestock than intensive farming? That an urban farmer in California grossed 10 times the average per-acre income of comparable Californian farms – without plowing, weeding and spraying? And did you know that a young farmer in the Dutch province of Friesland waives the use of fertiliser and concentrates in order to bring balance back to his land and his livestock?
I didn’t know any of this, until quite recently my curiosity was raised about all these marvellous things going on in agriculture. Things of which we have no idea – at least I don’t. It made me think about the direction farming is going and the direction it most probably should take. So, as a layman, I came up with the following question: how can we ensure that a growing world population is provided with sufficient food without inflicting irreparable damage to the natural environment?
Let me make it clear that Swedeland doesn’t pretend to have the answer. But for me this blog is the place to embark upon a quest for answers to this question. I will use it to explore a world I almost have no knowledge of. But I know that I should know this world better. And others with me. So, in the long run, I will present my findings here, or at least the things that I find very interesting. And I will focus on people doing very cools things in their field – literally. Furthermore, this blog will offer me a proper exercise in written English.
And oh, before I forget, my name is Marcel Otto. I’ve been a journalist for many years and a blogger for just a few hours now. Since January 2016, I’ve been working as a freelance writer and editor. With some time to spare I decided to use it wisely on a pro bono blog about something that concerns us all – food. Let’s see what it brings us.