More disadvantages than advantages of large scale agriculture

For many years the Dutch Government has the policy to apply to large-scale agriculture with many fertilizers and chemical pesticides (f.i. Monsanto). As a result we produce tons of products on a small surface what we export and thus earn a lot of money.

 The downside is:
That the bottom settles and becomes hard resulting in more flooding.
That the pesticides affect the groundwater and thus our drinking water and the health of plants and animals.
That the Dutch soil especially in “Brabant” and “the Gelderse Vallei” has already become so toxic that it should remain at least 100 years uncultivated in order to become healthier.

That due to “Wageningen University” there have been made many share products of one natural product of mother earth, that these products are only filling but does not feed us anymore.

 Despite the scandals by companies such as Monsanto and the knowledge of the last 15 years that small-scale farmers are better for the environment and for the welfare of animals, plants, and diversity and possibly produce healthier full-fledged food products, our Government continues promoting large-scale agriculture while Brussels and the rest of the world is focused on nature conservation and not on degradation.

 We have to bet on:
• Plants that thrive in (organic) agriculture with natural manuring and with natural enemies instead of vermin controversy
• Permaculture
• Roof gardens
• Tile- and sill gardens

 All without chemical pesticides causing microbes, who interact with organisms, can be of use and provide us with healthy plants, animals and thus people and healthy food.
The Government is to convert to this environmental objective and do not let down its inhabitants.


Pauline Laumans

Holistic Therapist and Life coach

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