Circular Horticulture: Proud of our achievements, but still a lot of work to do

Published on 4 June 2024 at 15:00

The European horticulture sector has already taken major steps towards a circular economy. We are a frontrunner in innovative techniques to use our raw materials more efficiently, to process residual flows and to reduce our impact on the environment. We can be proud of that!

However, there is still a lot of work to be done. We want to further increase the share of circularity in our sector. This requires continuous innovation and investment. It costs money, yes. But there are also great revenues to be harvested. By working circularly, we will ultimately save on costs. And we contribute to a healthier planet with a future-proof food production.

The benefits of circular horticulture

  • Reduced environmental impact: We reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste streams.
  • Cost savings: We save on raw materials, energy and water.
  • Improved product quality: By using renewable raw materials and efficient cultivation methods, we can grow higher quality products.
  • Strengthened competitive position: We are at the forefront of sustainable food production, which makes us an attractive partner for buyers.
  • Future-proof sector: We are creating a sector that is resilient to the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity.

How we can move forward

  • Further innovation: We continue to invest in research and development of new circular techniques.
  • Stimulating cooperation: We work together with chain partners, knowledge institutes and the government to mainstream circular working.
  • Investing in infrastructure: We invest in the infrastructure needed for a circular economy, such as biogas plants and sorting centers.
  • Information and education: We inform growers and growers about the benefits of circular working and offer them practical support.

Circular horticulture is a challenge, but also a huge opportunity. By working together, we can make the European horticulture sector a frontrunner in sustainable food production. Let's seize that opportunity with both hands!