Belgium

Where food, farming and bombs collide

When they’re planting their crops, farmers in this area must always keep an eye out for unexploded bombs. Their lands were once battlefields and the dangerous remnants of those conflicts are still a threat today, decades after the end of hostilities. Now any number of war-torn corners of the world may come to mind as […]

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Return of the ash

There was a bit of deja-vu in the air along with the ash as I read in the news this morning that an airport-closing plume had made another appearance in Britain. It seems a bit like old news now – but a few short weeks ago, the impossibly-named volcano in Iceland that had somehow managed […]

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In a palace by the sea

Well, we’ve finally arrived in lovely Ostende, a city on the Belgian coast and our home base for the next few days. And we are among the lucky ones – it looks like about half of our IFAJ colleagues either never got off the ground or are stranded at airports in various parts of the […]

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Meeting the little man that pees

The great Belgian adventure of 2010 is underway…and I spent less than 24 hours in Belgium before leaving that country for another. At the moment I am in Luxembourg, where we’ll be spending the next three days of our IFAJ 2010 pre-congress tour. IFAJ is the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists – and this year […]

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