De Seizoensarbeider

exploring the food chain, one job at a time

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For one year, I’m traveling through the food chain

Since August 2018, I’m working, traveling and writing my way through the food chain. Fishing eel, processing potatoes, harvesting asparagus, wherever there’s a story, I’m there.

I’m searching stories of food production that the average consumer should know about. I’m trying to find how big themes and questions surrounding food affect it’s daily production. How do farmers, fishers and other food professionals think about their heritage and future, about climate change and their relation with society? What does their daily routine look like? And what should consumers absolutely know about their link in the food chain?

Last trip: Brexit Roadtrip (February & March)

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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."

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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?’.