“Should we all eat vegan in the future, or can Wednesday remain minced meat day?”

Start a lively discussion. That is the goal when the film Oerboeren bij Tuinindestad is to be shown on Thursday. Frans Kerver hopes for an interesting evening.

Hi Frans! What is the reason for showing a movie?
“Many people already know Tuinindestad, and we are doing really well. We have a self-harvest garden, which will soon move to a larger plot. We have kindergartens where primary school students have gardens, and we have a food forest in the making. You can actually say that Westparken is slowly becoming a food park, where food is an important theme. Tuinindestad will be a test site for FoodTrails for the next two years. A project carried out simultaneously in ten other cities in Europe is researching access to sustainable and healthy food for all.”

Are you saying that the whole rata plan for how we serve our food should be discussed?
“Yes. What we have seen in recent years is that we are facing major crises. The nitrogen crisis, the climate crisis. It puts pressure on issues where the agricultural sector is on the threshold of major change because this sector is actually locked in. The farm has changed a lot over the decades. The use of, for example, fertilizers and pesticides. But also the advent of large agricultural machinery. And the limitations that crises impose on this sector. But our behavior also plays a role, because consumers are generally quite lazy, and if we can fly, we run a lot to Schiphol. ”

The discussion will be started with a movie, right?
“Correct. It’s a film made in Westerkwartier. A number of retired farmers talk about how they used to run their farms. What has changed in the intervening years? And what’s best? Should we ensure sustainable fertile land? Should we all start? to eat organic, vegetarian or vegan? Can Wednesday remain meatball day? And do we still have enough food for everyone? ”

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I hear you mention some major crises. I do not hear you say the war in Ukraine. Does not the crisis show that it can be important to change what we cultivate? That Groningen will produce more grain again?
“I think that is a reasonable question. Also because Groningen was previously known as the grain republic. And I did not know that either, but the quality of grain in Ukraine is much better. It contains more protein and gluten. It is thought of as a consumer not at all when buying bread in the supermarket, but looking at the quality, it is not surprising that much less grain is grown in the province. “

It is an evening about a charged theme, where the emotions that we have seen in recent years sometimes run high. Do you expect it to be reflected on Thursday as well?
“None. It will be an informal setting where we will seek a solution. A solution that is not ready and waiting on the table after a few hours of chat because the matter is very complex. So that people are going to fight against each other, “It will definitely not happen. But you are right. It is a discussion that affects the existence of farmers, for example, it is their income. And the trick is to find a good solution.”

To philosophize about a possible solution. Which one do you think it could be?
“It’s difficult. Personally, I’m thinking of setting up a supermarket with only local products. The queues between the farmer and the supermarket are very short. Is that possible? You have investors and you need smart people for that. It’s clear that such a thing will not be available in a few weeks. But it could be an interesting step. “

The discussion evening at Tuinindestad is accompanied by a meal. The local goat farmer Egbert ter Veen from Dorkwerd prepares the food, the local farmer Sandra Ronde van der Laan comes with the desserts. The film is familiar with the board on the lap, afterwards there is a discussion. You can sign up until next Wednesday at 20.00 by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address.

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