Vertical farms are a very promising and sustainable solution to the growing needs for healthy, local foods in (over)populated urban areas. What’s more, at Grodan, we believe vertical farms will play an indispensable role in our future global food production. So, what is it all about?
Sustainability is in our genes. From the moment we’ve invented stone wool growing we have been facilitating an efficient way of producing food to keep people healthy, with a positive impact on the planet by minimising the use of resources, whilst at the same time helping growers optimise their profit to sustain their businesses in the future.
Chris Higgins from Hort Americas reveals the latest trends and tips for starting a vertical farm.
Researcher Dieter Baets shares his initial experiences in cultivating strawberries on stone wool substrate at Research Centre Hoogstraten.
At Grodan, we are dedicated to the continuous improvement of e-Gro, our software platform for data-driven precision growing. Hence, we launch various releases throughout the year to deliver new features. The next release is in September 2020 and is a significant improvement to the Crop Module, part of the e-Gro Essential Package.
Did you know our sector can make a significant change in the world? International Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when our demand for ecological resources and services exceeds what the Earth can regenerate in that year.
Hydroponic cultivation on stone wool growing media results in a higher yield per square meter compared to cultivation in soil. In a greenhouse the ultimate climate conditions can be created for plants. This, in combination with Precision Growing, enables growers to give the plant exactly the amount of water and fertiliser it needs. This leads to a strong plant that carries more fruits.
Our world population is growing every single day, and an increasing number of people need access to healthy and nutritious food. At Grodan, we believe that more sustainable food production is a critical solution for this worldwide challenge.
Grodan is member of the Dutch Potting Soil and Substrate Manufacturers Association (VPN). The objective of this association is to continuously improve the substrate sector. As such we, alongside with the other members, determine the policy agenda for growing media. During the member’s council, late June, the policy agenda “A strong, indispensable basis” was presented.
According to the WHO, unsafe food causes over 200 illnesses around the globe, from diarrhea to cancer. Food can become unsafe when it is exposed to harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals. Over the last few years our food-chain has become increasingly complex, with different players and global distribution.
Grodan, part of the ROCKWOOL Group, received the extension of its EU Ecolabel until 2022. After being awarded the EU Ecolabel in 2019, a yearly audit is part of the well-respected certification scheme. This makes Grodan the only eco-labelled stone wool growing media available to professional horticulture growers.
The global spread of covid-19 is a challenge unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. At Grodan we’ve always been optimistic that we will come through this difficult crisis as strong as ever. Therefore, it is good to experience that situations in the various regions are getting back to normal. Slowly but surely.
Due to the Corona situation, physical visits are, unfortunately, no longer possible. However, if you have questions and/or comments, our Account Managers and Customer Service employees are available for you. Recently, they have further increased their digital skills and have good experiences with support over the phone and online like Skype and Microsoft Teams.
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