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KARL THE FISHERMAN

NONNENHORN, GERMANY

FACTS

THE LAKE IS TOO CLEAN
GOOD FOR TOURISM, BAD FOR FISH

FISHERMAN ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE A LIVING

 

 
KARL THE OWNER OF „FISCHEREI KAPFHAMMER“ IN NONNENHORN IS PUTTING OUT HIS NETS EVERY SINGLE DAY. BUT FISH ORIGINALLY FOUND IN THE LAKE CONSTANCE LIKE WHITEFISH, BASS AND TROUT ARE SCARCE NOWADAYS. HE´S HOLDING ON TO THE SUSTAINABLE VALUES.

 

 

SEWAGE PLANTS ON THE LAKE CLEAN THE WATER OF IMPURITIES SUCH AS PHOSPHATE. WHAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD THING RIDS THE WATER OF NUTRIENTS, THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR FISH TO FEED ON AND SURVIVE. IF KARL MAKES A CATCH, HE DELIVERS THE FRESH FISH TO RESTAURANTS AND ALSO SELLS THE FISH IN HIS SHOP. BUT IN ORDER TO SURVIVE FISHERMEN ARE FORCED TO BUY FISH FROM COUNTRIES SUCH AS NORWAY OR ICELAND.
IN THE FUTURE IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE A LIVING AS A

FISHERMAN IF FISH POPULATION KEEP DIMINISHING AND THE GOVERNMENT WON‘T PAY ATTENTION. THEN, SOON, ONE OF THE OLDEST TRADES ON THE LAKE OF CONSTANCE WILL VANISH.
BY 2020 THE GOVERMENT WILL DECREASE THE NUMBER OF ALLOWED FISH ENTERPRISES AROUND THE 536 SQUARE-KILOMETER BIG LAKE TO 80 BECAUSE OF THE LOW RETURNS THE FISHERMEN MAKE.

 

HUNTERS

ULM, GERMANY

FACTS

BACK TO THE ROOTS
KEEPING THE CIRCLE ALIVE
PASSION FOR NATURE AND ANIMALS
 
MANKIND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF NATURES CREATURES, EVEN THOUGH WITH TECHNICAL ADVANCES A LOT OF US HAVE DISTANCED OURSELVES FROM THE WAYS WE USED TO LIVE. DESCENDING FROM HUNTERS AND GATHERERS WE HAVE EVOLVED TO CONSUMING FOOD FROM PLASTIC PACKAGES, SHIPPED FROM FAR AWAY COUNTRIES.
SO WE ARE NO LONGER DEPENDENT ON HUNTING, SOME EVEN DEEM IT CRUEL.
HOWEVER, HUNTING IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MOST SUSTAINABLE AND NONE INVASIVE TRADITIONS THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER GOING BACK TO. ESPECIALLY COMPARING IT TO EXTREME FACTORY FARMING, WHICH IS THE ROOT OF A LOT OF PROBLEMS LIKE INAPPROPRIATE KEEPING AND FEEDING OF ANIMALS, ANIMAL CRUELTIY, GENETIC MODIFICATION, POLLUTION OF GROUND WATER, USAGE OF MEDICATION, ETC.


 

MELANIE AND PHILIPP ROTH ARE BOTH HUNTERS, FOLLOWING ITS ETHICAL CODE KEEPING THE TRADITION ALIVE. IF DONE CORRECTLY HUNTING IS NEITHER CRUEL NOR INVASIVE. THE MORAL IMPERATIVE HUNTERS LIVE BY IS REALIZE WE ARE PART OF NATURE RATHER THEN DOMINATOR OF IT, TO BE PART OF THE CYCLE OF LIVE, SUSTAINING SPECIES AND NATURE AND RECOGNIZING OUR BOUNDARIES. THIS MAKES HUNTING A GREAT SUSTAINABLE TOOL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, RETURNING FROM MASS PRODUCTIONS TO OUR MORE HUMANE ROOTS.

WEGWARTE

KOBLACH, AUSTRIA

FACTS

COMPOST DEVELOPMENT
NO BIG MACHINES
NO CHEMICALS
100% NATURE ,100% FUTURE
 
„WEGWARTE“ IS A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS, FOUNDED BY PETER GRABHER IN THE 70‘ OUT OF CONVICTION THAT PURE ORGANIC VEGETABLES ARE OF BETTER QUALITY AND TO COUNTER THE UPCOMING VEGETABLE INDUSTRY WITH IT‘S MASS-PRODUCTION. THE CULTIVATION OF PLANTS WITHOUT ANY NON-NATURAL INGREDIENT IS THE HIGHEST STANDARD FOR THE GRABHERS AND THEY BELIEVE IN THEIR WORK.


 

OVER THE YEARS THE GRABHER´S DEVELOPED THE PERFECT BASIS FOR THEIR PLANTS. WORKING TOGETHER WITH SHEEP FARMERS, THEY PRODUCE A COMPOST, WHICH PROVIDES THE PLANTS WITH THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS TO GROW STRONG AND HEALTHY.
THEY ALSO BELIEVE IN A MORE GENTLE APPROACH AND REFRAIN FROM WORKING WITH BIG MACHINERIES. IT STARTS WITH PLANTING THE SEEDS, PICKING THE WEEDS TO HARVESTING THE GROWN VEGETABLES, EVERYTHING IS DONE BY HAND.
PETER IS RETIRED, BUT HE STILL WORKS IN HIS GARDENS EVERYDAY, TO PASS ON HIS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PLANTS TO THE NEXT GENERATIONS – HIS DAUGHTER BARBARA AND HIS SON IN LAW STEFAN.


 

THEY SELL THEIR VEGETABLES IN A SMALL SHOP RIGHT BY THE FIELDS. THEY ALSO SUPPLY REGIONAL RESTAURANTS, WHICH APPRECIATE THEIR HARD WORK AND THE QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCTS.
THEN, WHAT IS GREAT FOR THE PLANT IS ALSO GREAT FOR THE CONSUMERS, WHO ARE LEFT WITH PRODUCTS SO RICH IN TASTE, THEY WILL NEVER WANT MASS PRODUCED VEGETABLES AND FRUITS AGAIN.
NOT JUST THE QUALITY OF THE VEGETABLES IS PROOF THAT THE „WEGWARTE“-WAY IS THE RIGHT PATH FOR OUR FUTURE-FOOD. NOT JUST DOES THEIR NONE HARM-FULL APPROACH TAKE STRAIN OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE. BUT SELLING LOCALLY ENCOURAGES REGIONAL CONSUMPTION, WHICH DECREASES THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT CREATED BY SHIPPING VEGETABLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

CRAYFISH-FARM

ANTON LANZ, WANGEN, GERMANY

FACTS

PROTECTING INDIGENOUS CRAYFISH
YEARS OF WORK AND EXPERIENCE
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
 
 
CRAYFISH-BREED USED TO BE A JOB FOR PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN IN EUROPE. BUT AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, THE CRAYFISH PEST NEARLY RENDERED THE SPECIES EXTINCT.
ANTON LANZ, A WELL KNOWN COOK AND CRAYFISH BREEDER IS PROTECTING THE INDIGENOUS CRAYFISH.
HE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE CRAYFISH TO PREVAIL AGAIN IN GERMAN WATERS. IT‘S BEEN YEARS OF HARD WORK TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SUSTAIN CRAYFISH POPULATION. THE POND IN WHICH THEY LIVE IS KEPT ALL NATURAL AND SELF REGULATED WITHOUT
THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS OR CHEMICALS.

 

BEEKEEPING

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

FACTS

BEES PLAY A MAJOR ROLL IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY
THEY FACE MANY THREATS
BEE POPULATIONS ARE DYING
MARKUS AND BJÖRN OWN A COUPLE OF BEE COLONIES IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. AFTER ONLY A FEW YEARS OF BEE KEEPING EXPERIENCE, ONE BEE COLONY PRODUCE AROUND 25-40 KG OF HONEY A YEAR.
THEIR BEES FACE MANY THREATS. BECAUSE OF PARASITES, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS AND INDUSTRIAL FARMING BEE POPULATIONS ARE DYING.
THE HIGH MORTALITY RATE OF BEES ISN‘T JUST AN ISSUE FOR THE HONEY PRODUCTION BUT ALSO FOR THE SUPPLY OF FOOD.

BEES ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT POLLINATORS ON EARTH. THEY SECURE A THIRD OF THE GLOBAL SUPPLY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.
SCIENTISTS SEE A SOLUTION IN MORE RESISTANT BEES, BREED WITH BIOTECHNOLOGY AND GENETIC MODIFICATION.
OTHERS SAY TREATING NATURE WITH MORE RESPECT AND GOING BACK TO MORE ORGANIC FARMING TO TAKE THE STRAIN OFF THE BEES IS THE RIGHT WAY.

SHOT ON THE FIELD

KRUMBACH, AUSTRIA

FACTS

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
NATURAL BREEDING OF ANIMALS
IN NATURAL HABITAT

 

JÜRGEN AND MARLIES HIRSCHBÜHL DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO THEIR ANIMALS, FIELDS AND TO RUNNING A TRADITIONAL RESTAURANT AS THE FOURTH GENERATIONS IN KRUMBACH, BREGENZERWALD. THEY BREED THEIR OWN DEXTER-COWS, DUROC-PIGS AND MERINO-LAMBS, WHICH ARE ALL SERVED TO THEIR GUESTS AT THE RESTAURANT.

IT IS CRUCIAL TO THE HIRSCHBÜHL´S THAT THE ANIMALS HAVE A GREAT STANDARD OF LIFE. FROM THE DAY THAT THEY ARE BORN, THE ANIMALS RECEIVE THE HIGHEST QUALITY CARE, THROUGH WHICH A STRONG BOND AND CONNECTION IS FORMED BETWEEN THE COUPLE AND THE ANIMALS. HENCE IT‘S ONLY NATURAL THAT FOR JÜRGEN AND MARLIES IT IS MOST UNACCEPTABLE FOR THE ANIMALS TO UNNECESSARILY SUFFER.
LIKE ON THE WAY TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE. HE IS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE „SHOT ON THE FIELD“, MEANING AN ANIMAL GETS SHOT IN ITS FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS, WHERE IT WAS BREED, FEED AND HAPPY. THIS HAS THE ADVANTAGE, THAT IT IS UNNECESSARY TO EXPOSE THE ANIMALS TO THE STRESS OF A TRANSPORT, RELEASING ADRENALIN.

OR TO UNDERGO FEAR INDUCED BY UNKNOWN SURROUNDINGS, WHERE THEY THEN ARE RENDERED UNCONSCIOUS AND BLEED TO DEATH. WITH THE „SHOT ON THE FIELD“, THE ANIMALS LEAD A NORMAL LIVE UNTIL THE END. NOT ONLY DOES THIS INCREASE THE QUALITY OF THE MEAT IMMENSELY BUT IT IS ALSO MUCH MORE HUMANE AND ETHICAL. UNFORTUNATELY THIS METHOD IS STILL CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE OF REGULATIONS. BUT EVEN VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS, WHO REFRAIN FROM EATING MEAT OUT OF CONVICTION, COME TO THE „GASTHOF ADLER“ TO EAT MEAT, BECAUSE ITS PRODUCTION IS SO ETHICAL.

ASPARAGUS

MECKENBEUREN, GERMANY

FACTS

WHITE GOLD GROWN IN GERMANY
STRONG SELLING IN GASTRONOMY
SAISONAL, REGIONAL AND HEALTHY
 
IN GERMANY ASPARAGUS STANDS FOR MUCH MORE THAN JUST SUSTENANCE, IT BEARS THE HISTORIC WEIGHT OF A CULTURAL IDENTITY, HISTORY, ECONOMY, CURRENCY AND SEASONAL SALVATION.
SINCE 1995 SPARGELBAUER LANDERER IN MECKENBEUREN IS CULTIVATING THE WHITE GOLD.  THE LANDERER´S SUCCESS STEMS FROM THEIR EFFORTS AND AIMING FOR THE HIGHEST QUALITY POSSIBLE.

 

 

THIS UNDERSCORES THAT WE ALL SHOULD THINK MORE IN QUALITY THAN IN PRICE AND QUANTITY. DURING THE HARVESTING SEASON THEY HIRE MANY WORKERS, TO PICK THE ASPARAGUS CAREFULLY. AFTERWARDS IT‘S PROCESSED AT THEIR FARM AND DELIVERED OR SOLD IN THE SHOP AT THE FARM.
 
 
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