Transforming the global food systems
Highlights from F&A Next, the yearly event where investors meet food and agri startups. Nina Kinnunen, Director Sustainability, Brand & Communications shares her key take away from the event full of interesting speeches, demonstrations by startups and visits to the WUR campus to get a sneak preview on the future of food production.
Greener urban environment through circular economy
Meadows and nutrient recycling increase the diversity of the built environment above and below ground The debate around nutrient recycling in Finland often focuses heavily on the countryside and agricultural recycled fertilizers. However, the nutrients recycled in the growing media also end up back in the built environment. As more and more natural meadows or green roofs are added to cities, biodiversity will also increase.
The story of circular substrates
The circular economy and sustainability are terms that are used by many companies repeatedly, interchangeably, and occasionally without real-life examples. With that in mind, we thought it was about time to tell the story our circular substrates in Finland, from start to finish and back again.
Futuristic fungiculture in the Netherlands
Every year Kekkilä-BVB produces 430 000 m3 of casing soil for the mushroom industry, 175 000 m3 of that goes directly to the Dutch market which grows 300 000 tons of mushrooms every year. Producing this many mushrooms in such a relatively compact geographical space has led to some interesting innovations within the Dutch mushroom growing community.
World Wetlands Day: An introduction to peatland
For this year’s World Wetlands Day, we decided to dedicate our blog to a very particular kind of wetland, peatland. We invited the President, one of the two Vice-Presidents, and Acting Secretary General of the International Peatland Society (IPS); Marko Pomerants, Jack Rieley and Susann Warnecke respectfully, to give us an introduction to peatland.
The New Life-Cycle Assessment for Growing Media
Think bigger! Last month Growing Media Europe AISBL released a brand new life-cycle assessment (LCA) guideline for growing media. Therefore, we have dedicated this blog to everything LCA. Our sustainability manager Folkert Moll clarifies what an LCA is, debunks some previous notions about LCAs and explains why this new guideline will help our industry make better choices.