The Biodiverse Development Foundation

Now and then, we all tend to forget about the importance of biodiversity, why it is essential for the preservation of every cultural and natural heritage, and for the protection of our unique ecosystems.

Put simply, biodiversity is the diversity of life on earth, it includes the variability among all living organisms, terrestrial, aquatic, and so on. Understanding how biodiversity works, the importance of every form of life on earth, from the wide range of plants to every animal species living in their natural environment, is essential for the improvement and conservation of human welfare. Such things as food security, improving nutrition, the air we breathe, the water we drink, all comes down to biodiversity.

And for Robert van de Griend, founder of the Biodiverse Development Foundation (BDF), conserving biodiversity is a priority.

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The magic menstrual cup

Sensible people, be careful – BLOOD WARNING

(I mainly mean guys, since everything including menstruation will easily put you off- If not, then you are more than welcome to stay and read through)

For so long, we’ve been told than when it comes to our period, there are only two options: the expensive pads or the expensive tampons. Some might argue that it’s actually quite affordable and that I have nothing to moan about. But if, like me, you’re on a strict budget every month, struggling to make ends meet, then that £10 can make a difference.

But it’s not only that. Are pads and tampons really the only options? And are they sustainable? The answer is no. But they are the more common ones: they generate profits.

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Panama city, or the city of uncomfortable inequalities

Panama City was the first stop on our road trip. After a 12 hours journey on the plane, this is where we first landed for three days, before flying off to Cali.

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Panama City

To be honest, even though Panama City is quite famous and a well-known touristic destination, it was not our favourite.

Firstly because we stayed mostly in the city (big mistake), secondly because Panama City’s landscape is, in my opinion, filled up with too many skyscrapers. One side of the city is really rich, when the other is way too neglected. What I saw mostly during my stay over there was an apparent inequality.

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My month working in an organic horticulture farm in Germany

For one month and a half, this summer, I went to Albertshofen, a small village in the middle of Germany, Franconia, to work in an organic horticulture farm.

 

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Albertshofen, Germany

 

When I was a kid, my mom never really had a taste for the outdoors. We grew up just outside of Paris. If you’ve ever been to Paris, you’ll know that it is not a place full of farms or huge fields or much green. We did have a garden at home, but with nothing much in it.

Coming from a big city (Paris, capital de la mode), I didn’t grow up with a taste of what living in the country side might be like, or smell like. Except this one day in primary school where they took us for a special day out in a farm (I remember that, for some of us, it was the first time seeing real cows, not on TV. How exciting !) There were cows, chickens, pigs, salads, plants, fruits ! And most of us had never smell something like that before.

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