While we are waiting for the Netherlands to warm up and start sending more produce over to the UK, we thought it would be good to take a look at what they do.
The Netherlands might be a small country, but it’s the second-largest exporter of agriculture in the world, after the United States. In 2017, the Netherlands exported $111 billion worth of agricultural goods, including $10 billion in flowers and $7.4 billion in vegetables.
The Netherlands is a leader in efficient and sustainable agriculture – and the second-largest exporter of agricultural goods in the world.
To feed 10 billion people by 2050 at the current level of food production efficiency, we’d have to clear most of the world’s forests.
Some of the Dutch suppliers use a hydroponic system and geothermal energy to limit its impact on the environment while maximizing yield.
Since 2011, some have been using geothermal energy to heat their greenhouses, and the plants grow in a hydroponic system to use less water.
The tomatoes are grown in small bags of Rockwool substrate, made from spinning together molten basaltic rock into fine fibres, which contains nutrients and allows the plants to soak up water even when moisture levels are low, meaning the plants use less water.