Stef Arends is a Dutch freelance (video) journalist based in Belgium.

He studied Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology and Media Studies at Leiden University. He worked at the investigative website Apache from 2017 to 2020. He currently works as a freelance journalist, mainly on the subjects of migration and agriculture.

Stef Arends

Basic information

Stef Arends
landbouw, migratie

Supported projects

More Dutch cattle farmers move to Belgium since nitrogen crisis

  • Agriculture
  • Cities
  • Environment

Since the start of the nitrogen crisis in 2018, more Dutch livestock farmers moved to Belgium than in previous years. This is evident from new research by Spit and Apache. Environmental organisations have been warning for some time that Belgium has become a 'nitrogen paradise' for large-scale polluters. An inventory of the available data supports this fear.

A nitrogen bomb under Flanders

  • Agriculture
  • Environment

BRUSSELS - Europe's Natura 2000 protected areas are groaning under nitrogen emissions from livestock farming. Meanwhile, farmers near nature reserves fear for their future. Due to conflicting policy choices, agriculture and nature conversation have become diametrically opposed. The call for a long-term vision is becoming louder and louder. What kind of agriculture do we want in Flanders?