June 13: 100 years ago my father was born

On the 164th day of the year, June 13 2015, I remember the 100th birthday of my father, who passed away some years ago (+ in 2007).

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Aftermath of the fighting in the French town of Carency during the Second Battle of Artois, May 1915. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My dad (Ursmar Antoon Ampe) was born on a Sunday, the day after the Battle of Mosciuska and Lubaczow had began , and if he still would have lived he would have had 36,525 days from the day he was born up to today. He saw the first sun-rays one day before the Turkish Attack on Perim and was going to be part of a generation who had to face an other terrible war after the Great War everybody assumed to be the last ever. (Though Bible readers do know that World War III shall be the worst ever, before we get an other 1000 years of peace and tranquillity.)

His parents had already had their portion of battles but saw now the Allied Forces of Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Dominion Forces of the British Empire (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Newfoundland and South Africa), and Portugal trying to make a stand against the Imperial German Army’s advance and occupation of Belgium from 4th August 1914 and north-eastern France from 6th August 1914.

Die Westfront, as Imperial Germany’s “western front” for those Imperial German Armies engaged in hostilities against France (calling this “Le Front Occidental”) was a battle which did not seem to come to an end and ruined many family-lifes in but also out of Europe. Many came to see the worst in ‘man’. The characteristics of siege warfare which developed on the Western Front in these three years created conditions never witnessed before.

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Western Front, Artois: Arras sector, January 1915 – Deuxième bataille de l’Artois or Lorettoschlacht, from 9 May – 18 June 1915

The Second Battle of Artois (9th May – 18th June 1915) took the attention of the people who were worried about the situation and by now had lost all hopes of seeing this great war ending in what they said first ‘before December’ (1914). It was to be the longest waiting for the end of December in history, taking more than 4 years.

On the day that the commander of the 17th Division on the right of the IX Corps, wrote to General Curé the corps commander that preparations were incomplete and had not conformed to Note 5779, leaving the jumping-off trenches 200–300 metres (220–330 yd) from the German front line, rather than the 150 metres (160 yd) or fewer laid down and that the infantry were already exhausted, my grandmother may have been exhausted and might have given a sigh of relief, bringing new life in that cruel world .

Whilst the grown ups did cruel things against each other, trying to push the Germans off the dominating high ground of the Loretto and Vimy Ridges north of Arras and the British attacking on the German line a little further north on the flat Flanders plain at Aubers Ridge and Festubert, my grandparents tried to bring the right peaceful attitude into my fathers head, like they would do with us likewise in later years. I remember my grandmother (°1885) telling us incredible stories about those busy incredible times. (By the end of the offensive there were approximately 100,000 French casualties, 26,000 British casualties and 90,000 German casualties.) First losses of family patrimony had already occurred by the army of Napoleon and the worst had still to come in World War II.

Was it because of all the turmoil, bloodshed and problems my grandparents and parents witnessed, that they took care we were put in our brain to respect all other living beings, in any case by those experiences, the base was formed for our upbringing after the human abomination.

Well earned enjoyment at a certain age

Well earned enjoyment at a certain age

My father belonged to a generation which would have, for the first time in history, children bringing up kids in a world having not to face the horrors of human violence in reality. We still can see lots of inhuman atrocities, but they are brought into the living room by the television screen and leave lots of people untouched; far from reality.

My parents were not able to reach the one hundred mark, but their image is still lively and like any child I can build on their and my grandparents stories and life lessons, to build up an other generation, which hopefully shall be strong enough to endure that last battle.

In the meantime the Christian upbringing made a footing for perhaps very utopian ideas and a foundation for bringing a peace message and the message of hope in a continuously changing world.

I do know I must have been a very difficult child, who knew very well what he wanted and how he wanted it. I had to endure lots of discussions and heavy battles with my father, certainly because I choose to go the artistic way (and never could go public with my real name). I always kept deep respect for my parents, who belonged to a generation which had perhaps to face the biggest changes in attitudes and ways of thinking. Hopefully the thought they were trying to do live on can continue to put new strong bricks on goodly build layers of stable bricks.

Let us bring peace, not war

Let us bring peace, not war

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Find additional reading:

  1. 100° birthday of war and war tourism
  2. August 4, 1914 to be remembered
  3. Flames of Louvain – Leuven 1914 an attempt to destroy a civilisation
  4. 1915 Trench Warfare
  5. All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting… George Orwell
  6. Achille Ampe (1885-1943)
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Second pillar of the Earth Charter

On 3 June, 2015 at 20:00 UTC, ECI will host a webinar on the second pillar of the Earth Charter: Ecological Integrity. This webinar will welcome a former ECI Council Member, Brendan Mackey from Australia. He will share his expertise and knowledge on the Earth Charter and on ecological integrity.

You can join this webinar for free here: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2835026-ec-15-webinar-on-ecological-integrity

Use this tool to determine your time zone related to UTC: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

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70 years later

Andy Walton writes

 America would never be able to match a possible 2.3 million strong army as it swooped down into Israel. Even if all America’s tanks were placed in the way of Russia they would still be overwhelmed… Russia has 15,398 tanks to America’s 8,848. Britain has just 407! Russia has 5,972 self propelled artillery units. America has 1,934. Britain..89. {Weekly World Watch 3rd to 9th of May 2015}

Some may look with fear at the exercises in the north and at the evolution in the Middle East. We may have been very lucky to have seen the first time more than one generation has not felt the terrible horror of a war.

Vladimir Putin says a military bloc mentality is gaining momentum again. And there are several people in charge of national forces who would not mind going into war. They higher their voices already. Not only in Russia we could see a patriotic mood gripping it as Europe and Russia remembered the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

It is 70 years since the world has been at war but according to some we are closer to WWIII than at any time since WWII ended.

In case it would be we should know that according to Bible prophecy this would be the most terrible war ever. It would mean we would be on the very brink of the final conflict.

Seventy years of course is a significant time period. Seven symbolises completion. Babylon was punished 70 years later following its destruction of Jerusalem. Perhaps latter day Babylon [Europe] will be punished 70 years after its massacre of the Jews…?

continues Andy Walton {Weekly World Watch 3rd to 9th of May 2015}.

Jer 25:11-12 KJV  And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.  (12)  And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

For many the sign that Britain and NATO have launched their biggest war games on Russia’s doorstep amid growing tensions over Vladimir Putin’s military aggression should get us to worry. After WWII we now could see the largest ever Nato anti-submarine exercise, including the Royal Navy, off the coast of Norway just weeks after reports of Russian submarines encroaching in to foreign waters.

In the news on television we could see how the biggest military exercise seen in Estonia since the Baltic nation regained its independence more than two decades ago countered the pictures of the Russian military movements of the strong military arsenal.

It looks like the politicians are playing ‘Stratego’ an citizens all over Europe can see the war games come as tensions grow with Russia over Ukraine crisis and fears that the Baltic nations could be next in President Putin’s sights.

The commander of the Nato manoeuvres said recent incidents by the Russian military were a “cause of concern” and added “relevance to the exercise”.

Monday, 4 May 2015, off the coast of Norway began NATO’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2015 (DMON 15)
with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied and 1 partner nation converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.

Submarines from Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United States, under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), joined thirteen surface ships from Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG-2) Rear Admiral Brad Williamson.

For Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, Commander of SNMG2 such exercise is a great training opportunity for their SNMG2 ships allowing them to exercise their ASW capabilities in a complex and challenging environment and to further integrate with other NATO forces to enhance their interoperability and to be ready to effectively respond to potential submarine threats to any of our NATO Allies.

It looks like the military forces do feel it is high time to show the world they are alert and ready. In the media they wanted to convince us that NATO can react properly to a multi-threat environment.

Exercice Dynamic Mongoose – TCG GOKSU (F497) and HCMS Fredercton in Bergen harbour. NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise May 4 until the 14th, off the coast of Norway, with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied and 1 partner nation converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training. – Photo by WO C.ARTIGUES, HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

Billions of dollars were poured into technologies for low-intensity, littoral conflicts, and things once used to hunt Soviet submarines, like the aircraft carrier-based S-3 Viking, were retired without direct replacement.

From the ashes of the Soviet Union’s mighty fleet of nuclear submarines, Russia has embarked on an aggressive effort to resurrect its undersea-warfare capabilities. Having Moscow’s intentions particularly troubling considering its recent rush to claim newly accessible resources laid bare by the receding Arctic ice sheet and its intentions around the Baltic sea, it looked like Europe and NATO wanted to give a clear signal that they are ready to react in case necessary.

Some would argue that this posturing represents sinister expansionist goals that harken back to the former Soviet Union’s unilateral annexation of territory. Meanwhile, accompanying these efforts to expand its sphere of influence, Russia has developed a new generation of alarmingly sophisticated submarines, both nuclear and diesel-electric. Moreover, and likely far more dangerous to world peace and stability, Moscow has thus far shown little, if any, restraint in offering its advanced military technologies for purchase to the highest bidder, regardless of any particular regime’s scruples (or lack thereof).

The development and proliferation of the next generation of Russian-built submarines will likely dramatically alter the world’s future geopolitical landscape. The United States and its allies must understand and appreciate the capabilities of these new potential adversaries and strive to develop new skills, while retaining past expertise, to respond to the threats that prowl the ocean depths.   {Lieutenant Commander Tom Spahn}

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Additional reading:

  1. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  2. A Plan spoken of in long past times
  3. When Crimean people made their choice
  4. Battling Borshct in Ukraine
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US Navy 040210-N-0780F-013 The guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) heads to sea following a brief port visit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fitting the bill in the North and in the East

On Thursday Erdogan’s henchman, Turkey’s Prime Minister, has made a promise to his people that if they elect him next month that he soon would liberate Jerusalem. Ahmet Davutoglu was using words that are major hints for all students of Bible Prophecy:

Al-Aqsa Mosque [The Temple Mount] is ours forever, and as Allah is my witness and history will testify, it will remain ours forever”.

Whilst we can see that military tensions in eastern Europe are still rising,  tension can be found between America and Russia over eastern Europe and tensions rising between America and China.

In the North we have Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian deputy prime minister with responsibility for defence, joking about visas and having many to remember the cold war period.

There is immense distrust on both sides and the ever increasing tensions could easily become war. Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11 spell out what Russia will do and also where Russia’s allies are positioned. The countries allied with Russia in Ezekiel 38 are Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, Libya. They don’t include Europe.. Therefore we are not looking for a Russian Europe alliance but a Russian / Iranian / North African alliance. The coming conflict between Russia and Europe is quite possibly part of the push against Russia.

writes Andy Walton in the Christadelphian Weekly World Watch 24th – 30th May 2015‏.

In the meantime I also look at the East whilst I know that the latter day king of the north would be deceitful and proud and think that Putin might fit the bill.

Dan 8:24-25 KJV  And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.  (25)  And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Al Aqsa in Jerusalem ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Al-Aq...

Al Aqsa in Jerusalem ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Al-Aqsa Moskeen i Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Israeli Municipality of West Jerusalem set up early May a sign reading “Temple Mount”, Judaism’s holiest site, in reference to the nearby al-Aqsa Mosque compound.  Jews were normally permitted to visit but are barred from praying for fear of tension with Muslims boiling over, and Israeli security forces control entry. The site became the focal point of tension in the Holy City in October and November, when police clashed with Palestinian protesters over perceived Jewish attempts to take it over. Palestinians also staged a series of deadly lone-wolf style attacks, including the running over by car of groups of Israelis.

Extremist Israeli settlers marched east, towards Marwani Mosque, and tried to steal stones in the area, but the mosque guards forced them to return them back. But also politicians have been violating the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque on an almost daily basis, and always under the protection of armed occupation forces who often attacked Palestinian worshippers who tried to protect their holy site.

After the  Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation to the “state of Palestine”, Israel said it was “disappointed” and in a statement, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the move would not help the peace process and

“distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations.”

The prediction of  a future leader of Rome confirming a covenant with those opposed to the descendants of Jacob can clearly be seen.

Some like Yahya Rahim Zafabi, a top advisor to Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are convinced they shall be able to destroy Israel and they have tens of thousands of missiles ready to do so. Iran wants Israel removed from the map. Even though they are talking to America about limiting their nuclear program there is no doubt with Bible in hand that we know this is all deceit.

After vowing to retake Jerusalem if elected, Davutoglu stressed that his country

“cannot be an ally or friend of those who desecrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque with their boots”

referring to Israelis who had to thwart demonstrations. By this Davutoglu is accusing Israel of desecrating the Temple Mount since it is an abomination in Islam for anyone to enter holy ground unless they are barefooted. both seem to forget it is for all Jews, Christians and Muslims holy ground and that all seem to have a different opinion how to behave on such holy ground. Through the ages the way how to dress or behave in sacred places, temples, synagogues, churches, mosques has always been a matter of debate.

Many times, like now it brought a war of words between opposition leaders of religious groups as well of cities, states or countries.

Lots of religious people do not seem to understand what it means to be the ‘City of God‘  and want to claim it for their own religious group, not willing to see it also should be a place to enter for the other religious groups who want to honour the same God.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Jews should know better to claim Jerusalem private land for the Jews – a reference to Salahuddin Demirtash. We can not neglect it is the city of origin for the three monotheist religions and their God gave His Word it would be the central place for His Kingdom. That Kingdom of God does not belong to man, but to God Himself, though I agree God has given Jerusalem to be the capital of His Kingdom and of the land of His People, Israel (the Jews) Other religious groups loving Allah, the Elohim Hashem God, should respect that Will of God and should know they can work against it.

The AKP Party seems to make Israel the main issue of the divide. Kamal Ihsanoglu said in response to the opposition:

“We will not be friends for those who desecrated Al-Aqsa [Temple Mount] with their boots,”

adding

“let them go and be friends with them (the Jews) as they wish,”

referring to the opposition, saying that they “insult Jerusalem” like the Jews.

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Ahmet Davutoglu, June 5, 2009. State Department photo by Michael Gross (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Davutoglu is saying that what determines a Muslim from a non-Muslim is the issue of Jerusalem. In other words, Davutoglu is dividing Turks whether they are with the AK Party or enemy collaborators for Israel.

It all comes to pride and wanting to have most to say and to be in charge. All aggressive action also comes from feeling stronger. As such Turkey managed to manufacture airplanes locally and sending satellites into space.  War demands weapons and Davutoglu pointed out:

 “Before 2002, Turkey was unable to even buy an infantry rifle, tanks would come from a grant from the State, and then would be sent to Israel in order to repair them”.

Those looking with envy to the growing amount of Jews finding their way to the Holy Land want to look at themselves as the poor sheep. Davutoglu therefore looked at his  forefathers who remind him that the path of martyrdom is Jerusalem, and to liberate it they must return to their Ottoman dream:

“Amasya’s elders, faith and land, knowledge stems from the land, the Ottoman Land, the Seljukian Land. They [the martyrs] heard us, our forefathers, they want an answer. We will not enter in the hall of the martyrs of Al-Aqsa (temple mount) unless they hear us so we must give an answer. Who can stop us? Anyone from the Middle East, the Balkans, Asia?”.

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One person’s trash…

Marcus Ampe:

It can be seen in many so called civilised countries that lots of people do not know or want to see the value of things. Old furniture or old handwork has no value any more. If you want to get rid of furniture more than 150 years old or less you have to pay for getting it out of the house.
In Belgium and Holland we can find lesser second hand shops than in the 1980ies, but there are still initiatives like “Split” and workshop places were old things are restored and offered at a cheap price so that they can have an other life. Though still too much comes into the incinerator or adds to the garbage mountain or dumping ground.

The writer of One person’s trash… who calls herself a Swedish-speaking Finn with a big heart and a love for writing, asks if we are just lazy or if we don’t care? I think too many people are so overindulged they do not value the treasures of this earth nor the things they are able to have while others have not such an opportunity.

Parents and educators should open the eyes of those pampered children and the state should make those coddled more aware of the necessity to use all things right.
Lots have so much material things that they have totally lost their value, because they did not learn the value of it.

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Originally posted on "Veganjävel":

…another person’s treasures.

trash

You’d be amazed by what kind of things people throw away in this country. Perfectly usable things, often without a single scratch or easily repaired. The things in the picture above are some of what we have found standing in the recycling-area in our block lately. We found two identical small shelves that needed some re-painting, but now serve as our night-tables. The cute heart-shaped bowls are perfectly fine, and the glass one just has some minor scratches. Except the things in the picture we have found small storage boxes, a bag, a big vase etc. Not to mention all the things we’ve seen but not taken, since we just don’t have space, or use, for them.

All of this just lying around in the recycle area, considered trash by someone else. I love finding these things – even though I don’t dig around in containers looking…

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Dreams of people, utopian visions or something to look at

Is it real, or is it just a gimmick?
Is it an idea worthwhile to look at, or is it just something of people who want to fool the world or to make fun?

Öppna-gränsdepartementet

In the North of Europe some people created a Principality of Lorenzburg, a nation with, and without, borders. Though the physical expansion co-incides with an independent area in the city of Karlstad Sweden. According to the website

the true Lorenzburg is an unseen idea-nation without borders. Everyone, without exception, is welcome in the unseen etheric Lorenzburg. You are welcome as a citizen regardless of ethnicity, creed or previous history. The Department for Open Borders is tasked with keeping the borders open and refusing none: Come as you are, become whatever you want!

The makers of the place do find culture, both as collective and private practice, important to Lorenzburg which has to become a

a haven for visionaries, geniuses, innovators and all other people who think outside the box.

Lorenzburgs universitetThey even created a “University of Science and Innovation” which has to become

an active resource in the careful and sustainable use and development of the intellectual and innovative capital in Lorenzburg.

Humaniora copy

It may all look good fun but this micronation of Lorenzburg which wants to be

a refuge for visionaries, free thinkers, queers, artists, scientists and all others. The nation shall promote the human rights to emancipation and wellbeing.

Lorenzburg shall be a a role-model in terms of neighborliness with the surrounding nations, a wise use of natural resources and providing the citizens with means for a good and true life in accordance with personal conviction and talent

carries a lot of values we have been fighting already a long time for.

since centuries utopists like me have looked for ways to build up a nation which can carry freedom and peace for all its citizens.

Many people on the same thinking lines wanted and did promote peace, understanding and freedom within the world community.

Lorenzburg says also it wants to encourage collective and individual acts of solidarity both locally and globally, and in the past that is also what several in the 19th century would have loved to see to happen.

I am very curious how the people behind Lorenzburg shall make it possible to have their community be a benefactor and protector for the furthering and diversity in the arts and the sciences and how they can create a

a spiritual refuge for any individual who wants to deepen their sovereign right to a unique and personal expression and the right to be the primary interpreter of their own personal narrative.

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Together those with dreams of sharing peace and looking for a healthy environment can build up more than they think, it only needs perseverance and more believe in the values where all should go for. Therefore join the peace movement

Together those with dreams of sharing peace and looking for a healthy environment can build up more than they think, it only needs perseverance and more believe in the values where all should go for.
Therefore join the peace movement

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Greenpeace demands scale up of ecological farming

We have to become conscious about the way we want to treat our environment and how we want to consume further in our society which can either become very sick or has to make sure it does something to avoid a negative climate change.

Farmer plowing in Fahrenwalde, Mecklenburg-Vor...

Farmer plowing in Fahrenwalde, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As told in a previous article we have made a terrible mess of our environment and are  living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet.

It is high-time more people seriously take at heart to come to more ecological farming which can combine modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity. We have to make sure that we can ensure healthy farming and healthy food, to protect our own health but also that of mother nature. Enough chemicals man had already put in to the soil and they now should see that e sincerely need to protect the soil, the water, the climate and also the consumer.

English: Example of Country of Origin Food Lab...

Example of Country of Origin Food Labelling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We should make work to give enough signals to the shopkeepers so that they start looking where they go for their products and for which sorts of products. As consumers we should go for ecological products which do not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs and should avoid genetically engineered crops. When buying products we should control that they are properly produced and that those people behind it are fairly paid. Ecological Farming places people and farmers – consumers and producers, rather than the corporations who control our food now – at its very heart.

organic farm, ucsc

organic farm, ucsc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greenpeace‘s Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven overarching, interdependent principles – based on a growing body of scientific evidence. The world has to look for better ways to treat the earth respectfully whilst providing for enough food for everybody in a nice healthy region. All have to work at a way to get a productive ecological farming method finding a path towards an agricultural model that protects the environment and secures farmers’ livelihood, has been mapped out in a Greenpeace report released on the 15th of May. It is a system based on the latest scientific innovations and produces healthy food while working with nature.

Governments in Europe and around the world must support and scale up innovative farming solutions by allocating appropriate funding to a modern and innovative ecological farming model.

Reyes Tirado, scientist at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter, says:

“The future of Europe’s agriculture lies in the hands of ecological farmers and their families who are doing a crucial job for our society and need to get the urgently needed support to carry on. Politicians must act and shift subsidies towards ecological farming practices to meet people and farmers’ demand for healthy food and healthy farming.”

The report Ecological Farming: The seven principles of a food system that has people at its heart demonstrates that ecological farming:

1. empowers people, not the corporations, to be in control of the food they grow and eat;

2. benefits farmers in allowing rural communities to thrive;

3. produces enough food for all;

4. encourages (bio)diversity from seed to plate;

5. increases soil fertility;

6. enables farmers to control pest and weeds without chemical products; and

7. creates a food system resilient to changing climate conditions and unstable economies.

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Farming equipment. Some sort of agricultural apparatus (a cattle feeder most likely) in Garment Wood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To upscale ecological farming and to demonstrate the practical implementation of these principles, Greenpeace works together with farmers and rural communities across Europe.
In France, Greenpeace will call on people to help farmers and gardeners to produce, multiply and exchange their own seeds to end their reliance on seed-producing agribusiness. Greenpeace Greece supports farmers who cultivate local protein plants for feed instead of imported GMO soy. All farmers included in this project confirmed that ecological farming practices, without using chemical inputs, fertilizers or artificial irrigation, since local plants are well adapted to Greek climate, have increased their income and their production.

“The village of Hernádszentandrás in Hungary, holding an organic community farm project, is another successful example of how ecological farming can revitalize an economically weak region and empower not only the farmers, but the whole village and its’ citizens”,

adds Balázs Tömöri, ecological farming campaigner at Greenpeace Hungary, who works closely with farmers to exchange knowledge and best practices.

Greenpeace launched an online platform to highlight the failures of industrial agriculture and invites people to counter the broken food system. Join the food movement through personal challenges on www.Iknowwhogrewit.org

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Preceding posts:

Common Goods, people and the MarketPostponing once moreEU Climate and Energy Framework and Roadmap for global climate agreement

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Additional reading:

  1. The natural beauties of life
  2. How to make sustainable, green habits second nature
  3. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
  4. Facing disaster fatigue

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Niet aangevreten oogst en bulkvoorziening

Sommigen vinden dat bestrijdingsmiddelen noodzakelijk zijn als je een grote oogst wilt die niet aangevreten is (lees; er zo goed mogelijk uit ziet) {zo denkt ook een Marjolein (niet te verwarren met mijn echtgenote) een wereldbewoner die schrijft met ‘Zoete regen’ in Bestrijdingsmiddelen in ons voedsel}

Nederlands: 'Slak met muzikaal spoor': bronzen...

‘Slak met muzikaal spoor': bronzen kunstwerk door de kunstenaar Paul Amey (niet de gelijknamige triatlonloper maar de kunstenaar!). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Het mag ons verheugen dat meer mensen beginnen in te zien dat onze wereld wordt bedreigd. Erg is het dat het zo ver mocht komen dat wij nu al vele ongemakken ondervinden door de vervuiling die op ons bord is gelegd door het onzorgvuldig omgaan met grondstoffen door vorige generaties.

Marjolein  van Zoete regen schrijft op haar blog over klimaatverandering en dan vooral over welke stappen wij, als individu kunnen nemen om minder schadelijk te leven. Het is ontstaan vanuit haar eigen vraag naar duidelijkheid over het milieu en klimaatverandering. Zij is zich er bewust van dat het probleem duidelijk is en dat er iets moet gebeuren ook. Maar zij vraagt zich ook af wat de concrete stappen kunnen zijn die we als individu kunnen nemen.

Daarop zou ik zeggen eerst en vooral zo veel mogelijk natuurlijke producten van eigen streek te kopen. Kweken in eigen tuin is niet altijd mogelijk en niet altijd gezond, dar wij moeten rekening houden met de lucht en grond vervuiling. In onze overbevolkte of volgebouwde gebieden is er al veel grond zo vervuild geraakt dat de gevaarlijke mineralen of metalen alsook chemicaliën zo in het voedsel kunnen geraken.

Voor gelovigen in een Soevereine Maker is het heel duidelijk en horen wij de schepping van de Elohim te waarderen en er respectvol mee om te gaan. Probleem met onze maatschappij dat de meeste mensen lak hebben aan God en gebod en liever hun eigen gang gang met hun eigen ‘ik‘ voorop gesteld.

Maar voor zij die niet geloven in de Schepper God is het ook belangrijk dat zij in symbiose met de natuur leven. Ook voor hen komt het er op aan dat zij in evenwicht met de natuur leven. Ook zij moeten er op toe zien dat zij, ten behoeve van de nakomelingen, hun omgeving niet vervuilen. Daarom is het ook belangrijk hoe zij omgaan met de grondstoffen en verpakkingsmaterialen maar ook met al de hebbedingetjes, zoals mobieltjes, visuele en audio middelen, etc., die niet zomaar, telkenmale iets nieuws uit komt, moeten vervangen worden.

In de vroegere jaren hebben wij al meermaals initiatieven gezien van verpakkingen trachten te vermijden. Wijzelf hebben daar ook enkele jaren mee geprobeerd om zo plastiek te vermijden, maar als consument zagen wij uiteindelijk ons afgestraft en betalen voor het gewicht van ons zelf voorziene verpakking. Moest de verkoper de weegschaal op nul zetten met onze bewaardoosjes er op en dan de producten afwegen zouden wij er geen bezwaar tegen hebben, maar dat zagen wij meermaals niet gebeuren.

Volgens Marjolein van Zoete regen is in Nederland ook een beweging opgang gebracht naar vergelijk met de supermarkt keten Original Unverpackt waarbij de verpakking buiten beschouwing gelaten wordt en je alleen betaald voor de producten, wat dan correct is. {Verpakkingsloze winkels}.

Robuust claimt de eerste verpakkingsvrije winkel van België te zijn, maar daarbij vergeten zij de vele initiatieven op dat vlak van de jaren 70 en 80 van vorige eeuw, maar dat lijkt voor de meeste mensen wel een eeuwigheid geleden. Robuust in Antwerpen is er in deze ‘wereld vandaag’ waar de verspilling nog groter geworden is dan 20-30 jaar geleden. Zij willen het probleem van afval en vervuiling aanpakken bij de bron en vermijden door het weglaten van verpakking de noodzaak aan recyclage. Dit bespaart natuurlijke rijkdommen, vermindert de CO2 uitstoot, vermindert voedsel overschotten, verkleint de afvalberg en stimuleert de lokale economie omdat streekproducten steeds voorrang krijgen!

Wij kunnen slechts hopen dat daar kwalitatieve, eerlijke, lokale en biologische producten aangeboden worden zonder verpakking aan een eerlijke prijs.

In het huidige Nederland kon het heropgeroepen concept niet achterblijven. Wim van Dijk kwam met het idee een soortgelijke winkel te openen. Bij zijn Bag&Buy (in Utrecht) zou men zelfs gewoon dingen kunnen uitproberen zonder er meteen een bepaalde hoeveelheid van te moeten kopen.

Wim van Dijk ontdekte in Amerika dat Wholefoods, een biologische supermarkt, al sinds de oprichting in elke supermarkt een afdeling “bulk foods” heeft. In België hebben in de jaren 80 van vorige eeuw de meeste supermarkten zulke bulk foods afdelingen uitgeprobeerd maar zijn er wegens hygiënische redenen mee gestopt. In de States waren winkeleigenaren met het terug gebrachte ‘bulk food’ wel enthousiast omdat het goed verkocht en het een lang gekoesterde wens was van klanten. Wim van Dijk werd gegrepen door de mogelijkheden en zag zo’n soort winkel in Nederland voor zich en zo begon hij er aan als vijftiger en een ervaren ondernemer die als als franchisemanager van 160 kleinere winkels geleerd heeft hoe een franchiseorganisatie werkt.

Hij is niet de enige in Nederland met een verpakkingsloze winkel die past in de tijd van bewuster kopen en bewuster keuzes maken.  Tonny en Dorothea van Opgeweckt Noord (Groningen) hebben jarenlang ervaring in de AGF branche en met biologische producten. De meest “vreemde” groenten zijn door hun handen gegaan. Zij wensen ook in hun keuken seizoensproducten aan te bieden en daardoor variatie doorheen het jaar.

In België hebben de laatste tien jaar de biologische speciaalzaken het moeilijker en moeilijker gekregen doordat de grootwarenhuizen ook op de biologische kar zijn gesprongen. Vooral de komst van de bio-shops van ketens, zoals de Colruyt, zijn nefast geworden voor het lokaal aanbod. Maar toch mogen wij hoop hebben voor een opflakkering voor hervulbare, natuurlijke, seizoensgebonden, verpakkingsvrije voedingswaren. Meerdere zaken in België beginnen ook speciale ‘klantgebonden verpakkingen’ aan te bieden. Omdat iedere klant anders is en andere behoeften heeft bieden zij u beslissingsvrijheid in hun manier van inkopen, maar voorzien toch een voorstelpakket met daarbij geleverde recept zodat de mensen na het werk gewoon met de bijgeleverde recepten een fijne maaltijd kunnen maken met de verse producten die altijd anders zijn en zo voor variatie op de eettafel zorgen.

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Tomaat tegenwoordig een van de meest populaire culturen dankzij de waardevolle voedzame en dieet eigenschappen.

Omdat lokale kwekers of bio-enthousiasten kwaliteitsvolle producten willen leveren aan een haalbare prijs weten zij meer mensen te bekoren om natuurlijker te gaan eten volgens de seizoenen en met een minder grote ecologische voetafdruk. Samenwerking is daarbij het grootste sleutelwoord voor de leveranciers. Eenieder die geniet van gezonde en natuurlijke producten zal er ook bereid toe zijn om ietsje meer te betalen indien nodig. In ieder geval zijn die consumenten niet gediend van de prijzenslag in de supermarkten waar nu met vleesproducten aan de meeste absurde braderij prijzen  wordt geprobeerd klanten te winnen.

Meer mensen worden ook bewust dat al die additieven de mens alleen maar verzieken en dar begint men ook initiatieven te zien van winkeltjes die daarop inspelen zoals glutenvrije of suikervrije producten. Het werd tijd dat meer mensen er gaan op toe zien om bewaarmiddelen, kleurstoffen, zoetstoffen en suiker onder controle te houden door ze danig te beperken. Vele stoffen die worden toegevoegd aan de voedingswaren mogen ze misschien wel langer doen goed uit zien, maar zijn dan niet bepaald tekens van een gezondere voeding, integendeel.

Vandaag stellen wij echter vast dat nog veel mensen hun ogen moeten geopend worden, maar wij kunnen slechts hopen dat de jongeren via hun doorgeefluikjes van sociale media nu wel vlugger die initiatieven leren ontdekken waarbij zij mee kunnen bijdragen tot het noodzakelijke beter omgaan met onze grondstoffen en met ons eigen wezen waarvoor gezonde voeding onontbeerlijk is.

Het is zeer mooi dat er nog steeds een rijke variëteit aan voedselkeuze is. Met een uitgebreid lokaal aanbod moet het ook nog mogelijk zijn om we elke dag iets lekkers en anders op het bord te brengen. De lijst van dingen die we als burgers, consumenten of gewoon als eters kunnen doen, is eindeloos, maar vergt een bereidwilligheid van de consument. Heden moeten wij er meer bewust van zijn wat wij eten of willen eten en hoe wij welke producten aan onze tafel willen laten komen. We kunnen bijvoorbeeld stilstaan bij het voedsel dat we kopen, en waar we dat doen: eerder naar boerenmarkten dan naar supermarkten gaan, minder vlees eten, en bio-, lokaal en seizoensgebonden groenten en fruit kopen. We kunnen voedselverspilling tegengaan door alle eetbare delen van de groenten die we kopen te gebruiken. We kunnen zelf voedsel telen op ons balkon, in onze tuin of op ons dakterras.

Misschien is het niet slecht dat wij opmerkelijke blogs van die oude groenten als nieuwigheden of geweldige ontdekkingen voorstellen. Zo zullen wij terug mensen zien die de gewone producten van hier weer gaan leren kennen en appreciëren. Allerlei soorten wortelen, rapen en in de supermarkt bijna niet te vinden inheemse vruchten mogen wie weet de revue weer passeren en weer geliefd worden.

Maar de regeringen moeten er ook aan mee helpen dat hun ingezetenen meer bewust zullen leven. Naast de regeringen moeten ook investeerders en bedrijven wakker worden, en hun steun aan de industriële landbouw verschuiven ten voordele van de ecologische landbouw. Zo kan de verandering diepgaand en langdurig worden.

Het is perfect mogelijk de vruchtbaarheid van de bodem te verbeteren zonder chemicaliën. Ecologische landbouw beschermt de bodem tegen erosie, vervuiling en verzuring. Giftige chemische pesticiden zijn een onnodig gevaar voor mens en natuur. Zo hebben bepaalde bestrijdingsmiddelen onaanvaardbare risico’s voor bijen of andere insecten die bestuiven. Met ecologische landbouw kan je ziektes en onkruid beheersen zonder chemische pesticiden.

Biodiversiteit is belangrijk om de gevolgen van de klimaatverandering op te vangen. Een mix van verschillende bomen, gewassen en variëteiten op een veld houdt het water langer vast in de bodem tijdens periodes van droogte, en vermindert de erosie bij overstromingen.

De ecologische landbouw kan er toe bijdragen bij een eerlijke verloning dat de rurale gemeenschappen overal een betrouwbaar inkomen kunnen verwerven in een omgeving die hun niet vergiftigd en hun gronden niet uitbuit.. Zo helpt ecologische landbouw het platteland ontwikkelen, en strijden tegen armoede en honger. Kleine boeren hebben wereldwijd nog het meeste te lijden onder armoede en gebrekkige toegang tot voedsel.

Ecologische landbouw kan met een beperkte input het rendement opkrikken op plaatsen waar dat het hardst nodig is, bijvoorbeeld in Afrika en Azië. Tegelijk is er actie nodig tegen het onduurzaam gebruik van voedselgewassen (denk aan de enorme voedselverspilling, onze hoge vleesconsumptie en de valse oplossing van grootschalige biobrandstoffen).

Elk individu, waar ook ter wereld, kan zelf zijn eigen steentje bijdragen en er op toe zien dat al in de eigen omgeving er werk van gemaakt wordt om de ecologische voetafdruk onder controle te houden. Laten wij er allemaal aan samen werken en er op toe zien dat de natuur gevrijwaard blijft voor volgende generaties.

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Organisch voedsel en toezien dat er later nog iets te rapen zal zijn

De Belg staat er om bekend om van lekker en gezond eten te houden. Maar hoe gezond is datgene wel dat op onze eettafel komt? Hoe wordt er niet geklungeld met al dat eten?

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Farmers’ Market, Grassington – Boerenmarkt gehouden op de derde zondag van de maand in Grassington geeft een fijne weergave van de lokale gerechten en waren beschikbaar in deze kleine Upper Wharfedale stad (Foto credit: Wikipedia)

Sommige mensen zitten er niet echt mee in waar hun eten vandaan komt als het maar lekker vullend is. waar we niet van houden is de manier waarop het gros van onze voeding vandaag geproduceerd wordt. Het is niet omdat 13% niet zou geïnteresseerd zijn voor de gevolgen voor het milieu, dat we de agrarische sector het slopen de goede balans van de aarde kunnen laten gebeuren. Het is goed te merken dat in het EU onderzoek door Giulio Sabbati en Ivana Katsarova 87% van de respondenten wensen dat er zorg voor het milieu gedragen wordt. Maar alle mensen moeten worden in die mate opgeleid worden dat zij allemaal het belang komen in te zien van de juiste voeding op een juiste manier verkregen. Iedereen moet er meer bewust van zijn welke ecologische afdruk zijn consumptiegoederen veroorzaken. En met de voeding is het belangrijk dat iedereen er op toe ziet dat die etenswaren op de juiste wijze worden verkregen en gedistributeerd.

 

Algemeen kan men stellen dat hierbij de gemeenschap de taak op zich moet nemen om alles na te gaan dat de omgeving beschermd is en dat de mensen gezonde waren ter hand krijgen. Wij moeten veel voorzichtiger omspringen met onze eetwaren. Wij moeten er meer op toe zien welke producten er worden gebuikt om meer voedsel te verkrijgen en deze te beschermen voor insecticiden en bederf.

Bepaalde bevolkingsgroepen hebben hun stem al laten horen.
Er zijn al veel mensen die hebben betoogd dat het beheersen van stikstof goed is vanuit milieu-oogpunt en vanuit het perspectief van de boeren, omdat ze uiteindelijk wel geld kunnen besparen. Eerst leek de kunstmest een oplossing te bieden voor een toenemende teelt, maar uiteindelijk verarmde de grond en werd het eindresultaat minder sterk gewas en minder opbrengst met toch extra werk en een hogere milieu belasting.

 

wangfujing street in Beijing

wangfujing street in Beijing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China heeft de afgelopen jaren de vervuiling ook hard zien toenemen, maar wil nu er toch wat aan gaan doen, mits zij ondervonden hebben dat de weerslag op de gezondheid van hun bevolking te ernstig negatief is.
Fast food keten Mc Donalds friet leverancier kreeg afgelopen woensdag een boete van een ongekende 3,9 miljoen voor waterverontreiniging. (Melde Xinhua).

 

Het ziet er naar uit dat meerdere landen toch er op gaan willen toe zien dat vandaag de omgeving niet bevuild geraakt in zulke mate dat voor de volgende generaties er niets meer te rapen zal zijn.

Meer mensen beginnen gelukkig meer bewust te geraken van de noodzaak om tot een beter ecologische voetafdruk te komen met het vinden van een goede balans tussen de bescherming van het milieu, succesvolle landbouw en het verkrijgen van een gezond en gevarieerd voedsel aanbod voor de consument .

De industriële conventionele landbouw met zijn kunstmeststoffen en pesticiden houdt gezondheidsrisico’s in voor de mens, en voor de landbouwers in het bijzonder. We hoeven  je allicht niet te vertellen dat ze ook het milieu en de biodiversiteit schaadt.

Wij merken wel dat er bepaalde landen zoals de Verenigde Staten van Amerika er prat kunnen op gaan dat zij zeer veel kunnen produceren. Hoewel intensieve landbouw veel goedkoop voedsel heeft geleverd aan Amerika, is het ook een bezorger geworden van veel vervuiling. De natie haar 330 miljoen hectare landbouwgrond zijn gevuld met enorme hoeveelheden fosfor en stikstof kunstmest, waarvan sommige meststoffen gewoon eindigen in nabijgelegen waterwegen. Als resultaat kan de Environmental Protection Agency nu zeggen dat meer dan de helft van rivieren en beken van de natie nu in “slechte biologische toestand” zijn.

Millennials, of Gen Y, zijn een van de belangrijkste drijvende economische kracht vandaag. Ze worden ook wel de Foodie Generation genoemd. Ze zijn fit en gezond, en hun voedsel keuzes in de supermarkt en in de restaurants geven dat aan. Ze willen duurzaam geteelde, verse, lokale gerechten, omdat ze weten dat het beter is voor hen dan conventioneel geteeld voedsel.

Millennials zijn ook progressief. Ze zijn college opgeleid, tech-savvy en vooruit denkend. Ze hebben koopkracht, en ze zijn het nieuw gezicht van stadsbewoners.

Voor jaren zijn de mensen de stad uit gevlucht maar nu zien wij ze terug naar de stad komen, die het vervuilende verkeer begint af te stoten en er aan werkt om terug leefbare kwartieren te hebben.

In bepaalde grootsteden, zoals London, Havanna en San Francisco, zien wij Urban agriculture dat bestaat uit gemeenschappelijke tuinen, achtertuin tuinen, daken boerderijen, schooltuinen, en creatief ontwikkelde opvulmogelijkheden. Honderden kleine partijen kunnen veel mensen voeden met groenten, fruit, honing, vlees, eieren en zuivel welke vergaard zijn op een wijze waarvan de gebruikers zeker zijn dat er geen gifstoffen gebruikt zijn. Stedenbouwkundigen en wetgevers zouden slim zijn om de landbouw toe te voegen aan hun meester plannen.

The official emblem of the European Parliament.

Organic production of de biologische productie is een alomvattend systeem van landbouwbeheer en levensmiddelenproductie dat gericht is op duurzame landbouw, kwalitatief hoogwaardige producten en het gebruik van processen die niet schadelijk zijn voor het milieu, mens, plant of dier gezondheid en welzijn.

Wereldwijd was er 43,1 miljoen hectare landbouwgrond in de biologische productie
in 2013, zes miljoen meer dan het jaar ervoor. Met 10,2 miljoen hectare is de Europese Unie (EU) goed voor 24% van de wereld organische land. Er zijn bijna
2 miljoen biologische producenten in de wereld, vooral in Azië (36%), Afrika (29%) en
Latijns Amerika (16%). De EU vertegenwoordigt 13% van dit totaal.

De infographic toont eerst de productie en consumptie van biologisch voedsel in
de wereld. Het richt zich dan op de EU-cijfers voor de biologische landbouwgrond, productie, verkoop en consumptie. Het laatste deel beschrijft de plaatsen waar Europeanen biologisch voedsel kopen en de redenen waarom ze ervoor kiezen om dit te doen. Tenzij anders zijn de gegevens in deze infographic gemeld, gebaseerd op ‘De wereld van de biologische landbouw 2015′ – De grootste wereldwijde verzameling van gegevens over organische uitgegeven door het Research Institute van de Biologische Landbouw (FiBL) in samenwerking met de Internationale Federatie van Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) en een andere partners. De gegevens worden jaarlijks verzameld en gepubliceerd.

Data in this infographic are based on ‘The world of organic agriculture 2015’ – the largest global data collection on organics published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) and other partners. Data are collected and published annually.

 

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English article on this subject: Organic Food

 

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Organic Food

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Written by Giulio Sabbati and Ivana Katsarova Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that aims at sustainable agriculture, high-quality products and the use of processes that do…

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