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The best food in the world

November 6, 2018

Undoubtedly, the great success story in my life this year was my balcony. I mean, it still looks like this in November:

My paradise.

On a modest scale it produces the best food in the world. I ate THE tastiest tomato, the most aromatic hazelnuts and the absolutely most delicious aubergine paste of my life earlier this year. I am drinking the best mint tea I ever had in my life, as we speak.

Why? Because of the emotional connection I have to these foods. I grew them myself. Or I collected them on my <10 meter value chain, literally on my doorstep. I would never have thought that it makes such a difference. People, I am a natural scientist with a PhD in agriculture. I always had a rational explanation for the processes of nature, and I still have. But then the first green shoots of your tomato plant show up in the dark soil and you get excited. When the aubergine blooms, you are in awe. And when you take the first sip of your lavender tea, collected on site, it’s yours. The abundance and beaty of nature on my own little balcony have seriously enrichened my life this year. I reconnected, as simple as it is.

Aubergine bloom.

Reconnect – this is the single most important advice I can currently give to people asking me how they can change the world in the face of climate change and all the other adversities we constantly hear about. I received it from a Caribbean poet talking about sea level rise threatening his island. When people ask him what to do about it, he says: Reconnect! Reconnect to nature, to mother Earth, to whatever you call it. One square meter, a vegetable bed, a single tree is enough. Start paying attention again, start observing, caring. Speaking for myself, this automatically leads to more mindful decisions in other areas of life. Starting with food, you realize how much you can grow yourself and don’t need to buy. Then you expand it to other articles, then to your entire life style. In my case it has led to the realization that I don’t ever want to fly in a plane for private purposes any more. Even less in Europe. For business, I still must, but I hope that changes soon.

Reconnect, reduce, reuse, recycle people, and we might have a chance.

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Reducing commercial pepper consumption.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    November 6, 2018 22:47

    Végülis az egyszerü kis dolgok is nagy örömet okozhatnak. Csak oda kell figyelni rájuk.Szépen írsz Katikám! Ezek szerint januártól csak 4 napot fogsz dolgozni.

    • November 7, 2018 08:35

      Aha, azt nem is mondtam, hogy lementem 80%-ra? Puszi.

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