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Projects fate in the hands of the European Commission

Will the curtains fall on the duckweed cultivation in greenhouses?

From a greenhouse filled with water lentils in water basins, grower Hans Roelofs of ABC Kroos has been achingly watching Brussel for the past few months. Seeing as this is where the European Commission is discussing whether or not the notable ‘duckweed project’ is actually providing ‘real food’. If this is not the case, then the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands will no longer subsidize the project, which will spell the end for the project.  

In 2016 the test began. The water lentils grow rapidly, but the question remained if it actually provided food. According to grower and researcher at Wageningen University Jurriaan Mes, it does. They see it as ‘the food of the future’ due to its high amount of protein and the sustainable way in which it grows.  

Because the decision-making process in Brussel has been delayed, the province of Gelderland is now refusing to transfer the second half of the seven hundred thousand euros of the fund. Both Brussels and the growers have until the 31st of December to provide ‘proof’ of the nutritional value of the weed to the province of Gelderland. To prove this, blood tests, among other criteria, were conducted on people who had eaten the green mater.”

Source: Omroep Gelderland

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