Dutch Greenhouse Delta is organizing the webinar 'Investing in an innovative approach of food production from the Netherlands: the example of an Agropark'. This webinar will take place on September 8th, 1:00 pm (EST) and 19:00 pm (CET).
Speakers for this webinar are Mr. Ambassador Andrew Young, Casey Houweling, Sabine O'Hara, Marianne Vaes, Cindy van Rijswick and Eric Egberts. After the contribution of these speakers the webinar brings together a panel of leading international experts on horticulture. They will share their experiences from practice. Moderator of this webinar is Giovanni Angiolini.
Why join this webinar?
It has become clear over the past period how fragile international food chains really are. The outbreak put a strain on different links in the supply chain, and brought to light its complexity and vulnerability. But even before the pandemic it had become clear that our current food system needed updating. The food system of the future must meet a number of essential conditions: healthy, fair, more local and regional, affordable, good quality, and with as little waste as possible. One of the possible solutions for this transition is a so-called Agropark, a concept where businesses in the agricultural and horticultural sectors and the (processing) industry are cleverly linked together at a single location. An Agropark is a sustainable solution that makes large-scale food production better and cheaper and less harmful to the environment. It not only offers a solution for the production of healthy food, but above all, it simultaneously offers solutions for infrastructure, and for the use of energy and water.
Dutch companies have become world leaders in this “ecosystem thinking” that:
- connects urban and more rural areas,
- combines the logistical and infrastructural needs of producers and consumers,
- reacts and adapts swiftly to consumer demand and preferences,
- while taking into to account the highest standards of quality, water management and needs to address climate change.
This ecosystem approach offers huge opportunities for urban areas in the United States, contributing in building them into sustainable cities and connecting urban and regional areas. Investing in sustainable food production through Agroparks offers an excellent economic opportunity in a time where that is needed. It will benefit local companies and growers, reduce water and energy use, reduce waste and improve the health of local communities. To learn about the innovative ecosystem of food production in the Netherlands and in particular the concept of Agroparks, how they are established and how it benefits local business and communities,
This webinar is organized by the Agricultural Office at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC, Dutch Greenhouse Delta, and Rabobank.
It will take place on Tuesday, September 8 at 1:00 pm (EST) and 19:00 (CET)