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About the Dutch partner, Noodhulp Nederland


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Noodhulp Nederland was called before The Gift Foundation, it is a national network in the Netherlands of provincial contact points to help people living in poverty. It aims to help both on material and immaterial level, as welll as on reducing isolation and solitude. The Noodhulp works by using social media like Hyves and Facebook and the Web, to connect people. Needs and gifts can be advertised on an online marketplace. Help is also offered to collect and bring the goods. Main principle is that no money is asked or transferred, all goods and services are on free gift basis. The Gift Foundation is founded in 2010 by Lucia Amaya. A recent project around food is ‘share your garden’. This project aims to connect people together with surplus from the garden. To support poor people by setting up gardens and sharing the surplus.

About the Dutch Coordinator, Monique


Responsible for the project Future of Food is Monique Wijn. She is founder of the project ‘the Goddess, edible Landscape’, based on raising awareness, facilitating and educating on aspects of edible wild plants, permaculture, rawfood and health. The Goddess has several gardens based on organic agriculture and permaculture, growing edible wild plants and seeds of (pre)historic varieties of vegetables and cereals, edible flowers and fruits.

The Goddess organises courses on nutrition and raw food, permaculture and selfsustaining lifestyles and transition to resilience. Recently she is involved in several national and international projects.
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Monique (1958) is fascinated with food since a long time. She studied biology and became a vegetarian in that time. Food was her main topic, with to environmental health and complementary medicine. She worked in nutrition education creating educational materials for analphabetic mediterranean women in the Netherlands. In the ninetees she leaded a green consumer organisation raising awareness on the ecological and social impacts of food production. She leaded campaigns on the risk of genetic engineering and radiation of food; on the impact of global transport of food; on agri-biodiversity and on oestrogenes in food.
For her, healthy food is only truly healthy if it is at the same time healthy for plants, animals and the planet. For this she studied biodynamic agriculture, permaculture and agroforestry. Since 12 years she is a gardener and has a diet of mostly raw, vegan and wild plants.
She wants to explore the relation of food and health on all four dimensions (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) and the relation of food and consciousness. Questions like: what is food? Beyond the physical reality, like light and energy. Recently she is involved in the transition movement: how local food production and urban gardening can contribute in creating sustainable and resilient communities.

 Read articles published by the Dutch Coordinator:

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Door Rascha Wisse, Conferentie initiatief van Eosta, 26-27 juni 2015, Tropeninstituut KIT Amsterdam Tegen de tijd dat je klaar bent om deze alinea te lezen heeft de industriële landbouw al 1300 vierkante meter grond vernietigd, door verzilting, erosie, verzuring, vergiftiging, uitspoeling en verdichting. We zijn het ons misschien niet bewust, maar we staan op de […]

poster edible wild plants

In almost all meetings (Spain, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Hungary) we learned about edible wild plants and foraged them for fresh salads and smoothies. Klik here to see and download the PDF-poster of edible wild plants: 15.6 Wild plants poster Klik here to see and download the backsite of the poster with recipes: 15.6 Wild plants poster recipes

Poster Saving Seeds for Seed Sovereignity

One of the aspects of the future of food, is to relearn to save seeds. Our dependency on buying seeds for food, from fewer and bigger companies every year, makes us vulnarable.  Rare and local traditional varieties are disappearing. This posters gives an overview of the most common used vegetables and how to save their […]