Cooking with PJ

When I’m back from the day’s training session, I like to cook a nice and tasty dinner, packing enough energy to get me through the training session of the next day. It is one of the basic rules to keep progressing as an athlete. For this video, I invite you in my kitchen to cook with me one of my favourite recipes. Carrots, pumpkins, palm oil and a nice piece … Read More


Daily life of a farmer

24 hours with a farmer: an overview of the agricultural activities

As 3 million people around the world, a small farmer gets up early, before sunrise, in order to work on his field while it is fresh. Since the area of his plantation – 4 hectares – is adapted to his own work capacity, his wife can take care of the household or do the jobs that she likes.

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Answer to Nicolas Hulot, Palm Oil and Sustainability

The authors of a column published in Le Monde doubt the effectiveness of the RSPO certification for the development of a truly sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO repository has eight principles, 43 criteria and 69 key indicators; certification is conducted by an accredited third party – like it is done with ISO certification – which is a guarantee of quality. But unlike ISO certification, which evaluates a management system, RSPO … Read More

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Once upon a day

My name is Pieter-Jan and I am a Belgian athlete. I specialise in middle-distance, primarily the 1500 metres, as well as cross-country running. I am often asked: “You keep making progress year after year. What’s your secret?” And quite frankly, there is no secret. I’m just trying to be awesome in living the athlete’s life. It basically comes down to bringing it back to the essence: No to stress, yes … Read More


My interview following Ségolène Royal’s comments

Following Ségolène Royal anti-palm oil statements, the newspaper Atlantico interviewed me about palm oil. Here are the main ideas that I have developed in this article titled “Nutella to the index: why this recurring resentment against palm oil? “.

The first question reflects the burden of the negative prejudice against palm oil “To what extent is it a bad oil in terms of health? ”

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My open letter to Ségolène Royal, after her statement against palm oil

On June 14, 2015, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, was invited to on a famous programme on access prime-time. in order to promote the next COP 21. She stated “We must massively replant trees because there has been a massive deforestation which also leads to global warming.

“Then she added, “We must stop eating Nutella for instance, because it uses palm oil which replaced the trees. And so there has

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