Towards a resilient, future-proof horticultural sector

Did you know that for 99,7% of the high-tech growers in greenhouses, biological control methods are the standard? To protect their plants against harmful insects, per hectare 511.000 natural enemies of these insects are used per year. The use of these biological control methods ensure a sustainable production method in the greenhouse, and avoid the use of chemical crop protection products. At the same time, there is an increased focus within the sector on the health and resilience of the plants themselves. Today, on Biodiversity Day, we highlight the horticulture sector’s ambition to make the process of vegetable cultivation as natural and sustainable as possible, now and in the future.

Sustainability pioneers

“Currently, supermarkets only make a distinction between organic products (cultivated on the land, without chemical crop protection products) and non-organic products. Fruits and vegetables not cultivated on the land are therefore automatically classified as non-organic. Which is strange, because a tomato from a high-tech greenhouse in the Netherlands is cultivated in a very natural, sustainable way, without the use of chemical crop protection products. The high-tech greenhouses are the pioneers in the field of sustainability, in my opinion,” said Sander van Golberdinge, Public Affairs Manager at Grodan in an earlier interview.