What is your new year’s food resolution? There’s still time, it’s only January. Like all resolutions: think big but start small. If you were to tell me that just now you are buying your first pair of running shoes and at the same time signed up for the New York marathon, I would tell you: please don’t. It’s the same for food resolutions.
This week, when in line at the supermarket, take a good hard look at what’s in your basket (instead of looking at the contents of the basket of the person in front of you, like I always like to do). Which item could you replace for their fair counterpart? Rice, pineapple, coffee – take your pick. But start with just one.
With your purchase, you can make a positive impact on the livelihoods of the people producing our food. And, on a side note, you’d best keep those people happy, because by 2050 there’s 10 billions of us, that all need to be fed. How will we do that, in a sustainable and fair manner? Journalists, scientists and experts have tried formulating an answer to that question in the project called De Voedselzaak (the Food Case) for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. A selection of the best articles, you can find in this (Dutch, sorry!) e-book.