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3. What is CO₂?

Third blog, February 6, 2019

CO₂ is a gas that is just as important for nature as oxygen is for humans. The C atom functions as a building material in every living being, and in the soil it is required for the soil to be fertile (it takes the form of humus).

2. Does climate change really exist?

Second blog, February 5, 2019

The existence of climate change is considered to be real for most people, including scientists and politicians. The COP21 agreements in Paris show that this is the accepted status quo. You probably want to know if I also believe in climate change? In my book The Treesolution I show that climate change has occurred many times in the history of the earth, even when people did not yet exist. Even when fossil fuels were not yet used by mankind.

1. The Treesolution - The current Dutch Climate Agreement can be improved

First blog, February 4, 2019

Dear reader,

This is the first blog in a series of blogs in which I set out my vision on the current Climate Agreement that the Dutch government is trying to secure. The current Dutch Climate Agreement aims to reduce the annual CO₂ emissions of the Netherlands by 49% in 2030, compared to the emissions as they were in 2018.

The government of the Netherlands hopes that this agreement will inspire other countries to follow their example. I think the agreement is not sufficient and needs supportive policies to combat climate change and make a real impact. In my blogs I will describe how we can improve the actions, whilst reducing the cost for Dutch citizens. I hope you find my thoughts original, practical and feasible. Please distribute this message to all your family, friends and acquaintances. Follow our Facebook group 'Green Musketeer', and please share your own views by leaving your comments!

How citizens are being fooled about climate change

The CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere has increased from 280 ppm to 410 ppm since the Industrial Revolution. That is a measurable fact - and there is no denying it. Therefore, the discussion about whether climate change exists or not, is irrelevant. If we make sure that the CO₂ concentration reverts to approximately 280ppm, then the risk of climate change is gone (assuming that CO₂ is the cause of it).

Is Mother Earth doomed?

A few days ago I read an interview in the excellent newspaper The Guardian, with English scientist Mayer Hillman. The pessimism struck me. Here’s one quote: “we’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting the polar ice caps.”(*) You can read the whole interview here.

New Year 2018

Sometimes I have those deep thought moments, especially around Christmas and New Year. It happened to me when a good friend of me sent me a great Ted video about happiness. One way or another, our life goes slower around this period and moments of contemplation get room to enter. Inspired by this video, I was thinking about the happiness in my life. 

Eradicating hunger once and for all by creating sustainable, resilient food production systems

Every day millions of men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. Nearly 800 million people – one in nine – go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Eradicating hunger is one of the great challenges of our time.

The end of Climate Change?

On January 20, 2017 the next President of the United States, Mr. Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. One of his first actions was to remove all information from the White House website about climate change. When you follow the COP22 news, you find that now most of the governments worldwide – including the United States – have committed to take measures to help prevent the world’s average temperature rise with more than 2⁰C.

New Year 2017

The first half of 2016 presented quite a few challenges for Groasis. We faced tough discussions with our bank, people close to us had health issues and finally, we had to reorganize our sales and logistic department as our talented sales manager Margot moved to Belgium and left our team.

Should we send warships or Growboxx® plant cocoons to Africa?

My father – born in 1930 – had to leave school when he was 11, at the start of the 2nd World War. As a grower he taught me a simple truth: ‘never spend your money on milk, it’s better to buy a cow’.

Over the past few months we´ve seen horrifying images of thousands of refugees from Africa, trying to find a better life in Europe. Europe decided to send warships. Is that the right response? The real problem is not the vessels transporting the refugees, but the desire to leave the African continent.

Is the world’s water stress situation hopeless or hopeful?

Last week was a very interesting week. The United Nations published a report about the dramatic water situation in the world. Here you can read the report. A few weeks ago, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite Foundation published the ‘Global Opportunity report 2015’. Sir Branson’s team has analyzed that indeed the water stress is one of world’s biggest challenges.

Dutch milk as healthy as cola

This month I heard on the news about the opening of a new milkfactory in Holland. They are processing milk from their suppliers to all kinds of milk derivates like cheese, yogurt, etc. The news was that they have created a new type of filter that cleans the milk from all the bacteria’s. The spokesperson said “now the milk remains 7 days fresh, because there are no bacteria’s in it”.

A journey to a better world

In the November blog you have learned about the difference between deserts and manmade deserts. Manmade desert is in fact degraded farmland, caused by the influence of man. Well, if man could destroy it, man can recover it. That is a simple truth. This is what Groasis stands for: make the 2 billion hectares (5 billion acres) of degraded farmland productive again.

Christmas thoughts

When I was a kid, I was taught that the devil was a dangerous man. What he actually did was not really clear, we were just taught to be afraid of something ‘bad’. In my teenage years, I started to think that this whole concept of a bad man - with the name Satan – was a joke. A way to manipulate me.

How to prevent extreme climate changes

Anyone who reads newspapers, magazines or the internet, knows that the world is on fire. Literally. Big areas everywhere get lost. Last week in the middle of the winter big parts of California were on fire and governor Jerry Brown declared a ‘drought emergency’ for his state…! 90% of California suffers from drought now.