Today’s Solutions: October 05, 2022

Total number of posts: 22166

Fatal harvest

Fatal harvest

While enough food is being produced to feed the world, a large portion of the population is going hungry. Meanwhile, the incidence of wealth-related disease is increasing in the west due to unhealthy eating habits. Ode launched an investigation and details the devastating myths around modern Read More...

Introductory

Introductory

Marco Visscher introduces this month's theme on modern agriculture and food.Marco Visscher| April 2003 issue When children are asked where milk comes from, the majority says: 'From the supermarket.' I happen to know that this isn't quite true, as my grandparents had a dairy farm. But even so, I Read More...

Well done, Ryan!

Well done, Ryan!

How an 11-year-old Canadian boy became the hero of an African village. Tijn Touber | April 2003 issue When six-year-old Ryan Hreljac learned at school that there are many children in Africa without clean drinking water, he decided to help. Ryan, who lives in a small town near Ottawa, in Canada, was Read More...

Enjoying food

Enjoying food

Rob Baris, who owns the Z&M delicatessen and the famous Zinc restaurant in Rotterdam, is a bon vivant without dogmas. He has worked out an action plan for Ode readers: a menu of delicious food that is healthy and socially responsible.Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue Going shopping The first step Read More...

Myth 1: Industrial agriculture

Myth 1: Industrial agriculture will put an end to hunger

Not true. Hunger is not caused by food shortages, but by poverty. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue Hunger plagues some 800 million people in the world. In India, 200 million do not get enough to eat, in Brazil 70 million and in the United States 33 million. Every four seconds someone in the world Read More...

Myth 2: Industrially produced

Myth 2: Industrially produced food is safe, healthy and nutritious

Not true. In fact, industrial agriculture compromises food safety and nutrient values while increasing incidences of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and obesity. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue A trip to the local supermarket feeds the belief that there is nothing wrong with our food. Read More...

Myth 3: Industrial food is che

Myth 3: Industrial food is cheap

Not true. Social, health and environmental costs are not included. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue The more technology and chemicals are used in farming, the cheaper our food. At least that is what the food industry keeps telling us. They insist that without industrial agriculture, our food Read More...

Myth 4: Industrial agriculture

Myth 4: Industrial agriculture is efficient

Not true. Small-scale farms produce more agricultural products per hectare. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue The bigger the farm, the more efficient, claim the advocates of industrial agriculture. Although they admit that large farms lead to the disappearance of family farms and rural Read More...

Myth 5: Industrial food offers

Myth 5: Industrial food offers greater choice

Not true. Supermarkets only offer the illusion of increased choice. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue Thanks to industrial food, there is finally a much greater choice, or so agro companies claim. These days, tomatoes are always in season and kiwis are available all over the world. Pushing a Read More...

Myth 6: Biotechnology solves t

Myth 6: Biotechnology solves the problems of industrial agriculture

Not true. Biotechnology offers no solution to these problems. Marco Visscher| April 2003 issue The belief in the sanctity of industrial agriculture is based on a blind faith in technology. Accordingly, agro industry followers were quick to come up with a solution to cover up the cracks in their Read More...