My name is Chantal. I grew up in the south of the Netherlands in my parents’ restaurant and often spent time with animals on local farms after school. From a young age, I was concerned about the world around me. I simply couldn’t understand why people made such a mess of things. I still don’t actually.
My passion is food and everything related to it. The search for a better and sustainable world has been my concern my whole life. In the past 10 years, I fought with social enterprise Kromkommer for equal rights for all vegetables and fruit. We put food waste on the agenda of consumers, businesses, and policymakers.
In 2022 I decided it’s time for a new way to live my life. Because we face significant challenges together and I refuse to accept all the doom scenarios that are presented to us. But how do we work towards a better world? That is my quest of life.
On a personal level, I am also searching. I noticed that the life I was living didn’t align with what makes me happy. I lived in the city and missed nature. The pattern of always wanting bigger and better things isn’t for me. But what do you do with that feeling?
I’m good at telling stories and inspiring others. That gives me energy. I love to help people forward with challenges and make connections. Maybe that’s my way of contributing to the hope and positivity the world is needing so badly? And what if I combine that with radically changing the way I used to live?
That’s why I am traveling in my camper, exploring our food chain. I am looking for inspiration, positivity, and connection. I share my journey here with you.
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