Sustainable Growing

“Nine out of ten businesses have no clear goal”

Reinier Donkersloot is the founder of vertical farming consultancy Consult2Grow and co-owner of a vertical farm in Dubai. Vertical farming is playing an increasingly important role in food production worldwide. On a vertical farm, fruit and vegetables grow above one another in several layers, in a confined space. This cultivation method shows great promise for being the most efficient way to grow local, healthy food in over-populated urban areas.Reinier gives a glimpse behind the scenes in the creation of a vertical farm in a special city like Dubai.

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Grodan and G-STAR unveil Homegrown Denim on May 29, 2024, a sustainable fashion milestone in collaboration with Wageningen University, Dutch Cotton, and Inno Growers.

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Water Management
Sustainable Growing

Greenhouse Energy and Irrigation Management leads to efficiency in high tech greenhouse environments

It wasn’t that long ago, in the early 2000s, that greenhouse growers were working without climate screens or even lighting crops over winter. Andrew Lee, Knowledge Manager at Grodan, says that energy efficiency was nowhere near where it has come today.

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By Emmanouela Alexopoulou
Sustainable Growing

Demystifying stone wool for strawberry cultivation

There is mounting evidence that stone wool offers clear benefits for strawberry cultivation growers in high-tech greenhouse environments. But how easy is it to achieve those benefits in practice? And what are the biggest challenges? We asked Vera Theelen, Researcher Soft Fruit at the Delphy Innovative Soft Fruit Centre (ISFC), to share details of her own experiences.

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By Emmanouela Alexopoulou
Sustainable Growing

Enabling growers to reduce up to 40% heat input and maintain year-round production & quality

Grodan and Signify collaborate on a 3-year trial to optimize year-round tomato cultivation for 40% lower heat input amid rising energy costs and sustainability efforts. Partnering with BASF, Ridder, Normec, and Wireless value, they organize knowledge transfer activities.