Out of the blue

I inhale deeply as I step into the plane. Kerosene and cof­fee, the friend­ly smile of the KLM stew­ardess; it already feels a bit like com­ing home. We sit down and I take my book out. It’s a Dutch book by Babette Porceli­jn. The title trans­lates as: The hid­den impact — every­thing for an eco-pos­i­­tive …

The end of livestock?

Cows graze in the mead­ow and chick­ens roost in the chick­en coop at night — any­one who has suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed kinder­garten can tell you as much. But just as we have not always lived in our com­fy hous­es, the ances­tors of our farm ani­mals led their own lives on the grass­lands and in the forests …

Shared pain

With the dog on a leash I walk along the bank of a small ditch. A majes­tic swan floats in the mid­dle of the water and eyes Maus sus­pi­cious­ly. A lit­tle fur­ther on a cat cross­es the street. We con­tin­ue and pass fresh green weep­ing wil­lows and a group of coots whose star­tled flut­ter makes …

God with us

This Sun­day will be the start of Advent, which prob­a­bly also means the start of Christ­mas stress for all moth­ers in the UK who have to get their fam­i­lies through the fes­tiv­i­ties with enough food, presents and dec­o­ra­tions. No Christ­mas Car­ols and High Street shop­ping for us this year, because we cel­e­brate Christ­mas in Chile. …

How healthy is a vegan diet?

Hap­py World Ani­mal Day! This morn­ing we were dri­ving on the Dutch motor­way, with all of our belong­ings in a trail­er. A bright orange sun was ris­ing over the mead­ows, where the fog still cov­ered the grass. On the radio was a lot of news about ani­mals. The news read­er report­ed that 65% of Dutch …