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Een jaar op reis door de voedselketen

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Een jaar lang backpacken door de voedselketen.

Ik werk, reis en schrijf me vanaf augustus 2018 een jaar lang een weg door de voedselketen. Ik ga paling vissen, aardappels rooien, asperges steken en wie weet wat nog meer. 

Ondertussen zoek ik de verhalen van boeren, vissers en andere voedselproducenten die consumenten móeten weten. Ik ga op zoek naar hoe de grote thema’s en vragen rondom voedsel zichtbaar zijn in de dagelijkse praktijk. Hoe kijken de makers van ons voedsel, trots in hun vak, aan tegen de consument, Europa en hun eigen verleden en toekomst? Hoe ziet hun dagelijkse routine eruit? En wat moeten consumenten beslist weten van hun stukje voedselketen?

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Brexit road trip 10: Adam Bedford // National Farmers Union, York

“One thing the Brexit discussion has done, it’s really put food at the centre. Whether that's been a discussion in the media on migrant workers and immigration, agriculture will be used as an example. All of the tariff discussions in the past days: focus on food. That’s because agriculture and food production are such sensitive discussions when it comes to trade. But it's right up there, front and centre. And in some ways that does mean farming and food are talked about more. That might not necessarily be a bad thing. People are starting to think: what do I want my food to be like? What standards of production do I want?”

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Brexit road trip 9: James Mills // Livestock farmer just outside of York

“Just having worked two years in Brussels, definitely has given me a different appreciation of the EU. I mean, it absolutely has its faults. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than what’s ahead of us? Yes. I can’t say what happens in 30 or 40 years, Britain might be a brilliant place. But it’s the hurt and the potential pain in that transition period that worries me. A lot can go wrong in a fairly short space of time, whereas it takes a long time to build something good.”

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Brexit road trip 8: Elaine Mason // Soupmonger in Edinburgh

"I guess what Brexit does, is it makes the the kind of cakewalk that all businesses are in anyway, it makes it more nervy. I mean I'm nervous about this. Simply because it feels to me like there's so much on the line. I've never run a business before. Union of Genius is absolutely my baby and I love it. And I'm under no illusions as to how responsible I feel for the staff that work for me. You know I've got 15 people here. That's rents, that's families. That's people's lives."