I am chairman of the Dutch farmers’ association, we're the 2nd exporter of agricultural goods in the world. AMA!
Tulips, cheese and even windmills - icons of the Netherlands that exist because of farmers. I have the honour to be chairman of the Dutch Association for Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO Nederland). We represent Dutch farmers towards national and European policy makers and broader society. We have about 35.000 members, who are responsible for almost two-thirds of the Dutch agricultural production. I am an arable farmer myself - I mainly grow wheats, winter wheats, and sugar beets in the northern Netherlands.
The Netherlands is the 2nd exporter of agrifood products in the world, and we're proud to have the best agricultural and horticultural university in the world: Wageningen University and Research. But it's not all sunshine and rainbows. We have had a pretty tumultuous year, culminating in massive demonstrations last autumn.
I look forward to learn about your ideas on how we are going to feed 10 billion people in 2050 whilst protecting our environment and safeguarding the liveability of the countryside and livelihood of one of the oldest professions in the world, farmers.
I'll be answering questions starting 1 PM EST, which is 7 PM here in the Netherlands. Ask me anything!
Edit: thank you all for your questions! It's been two hours, I need to check out for now. I'll do my best to review open questions later this week.
Edit 2: Hi everyone – I've answered some questions which were not yet voted to the top yesterday. This was an interesting experience - whatever your point of view, it is important to keep the dialogue on the future of food and food production going! All the best, Marc Calon.