Flemish vegetables threaten to price themselves out of the market – Expensive fertilizer and scarce labor make vegetables too expensive for processors – Foodlog

Flemish vegetables threaten to price themselves out of the market

The region around Roeselare has been the Silicon Valley of the vegetable industry for years. Half a century ago, a cluster of machine builders, frozen food specialists and agronomists developed who started to focus on intensive open-field vegetable cultivation. The old canning manufacturers have been replaced by modern billion-dollar companies such as Ardo and Greenyard, … Read more

Cees-Jan Adema (FNLI) about fierce negotiations – Joint interests of supermarkets and suppliers keep food inflation as low as possible – Foodlog

Cees Jan Adema FNLI about fierce negotiations Joint interests of

Several supermarket chains criticize the Financial Newspaper large A-brands that would exaggerate the increase in their costs and want to raise their prices more than justifies inflation. They would ‘abuse’ inflation to increase their profit margin. This does not go down well with supermarket chains, because they make an effort to keep prices as low … Read more

Flowers cost the most pesticides – the Netherlands sprays considerably less, yet the Netherlands would be under ‘blanket of poison’ – Foodlog

Flowers cost the most pesticides the Netherlands sprays considerably

Dutch farmers used five million kilos of plant protection products in 2020. That seems like a lot, but compared to 2016 there is a decrease of 11%. At that time, Dutch agriculture used a total of 5.6 million kilos of active substances. It reports that CBS. Since 2016, the dosage per hectare has decreased by … Read more

Harmful fishing subsidies – ‘Government funding often keeps unprofitable fishing fleets at sea’ – Foodlog

Harmful fishing subsidies Government funding often keeps unprofitable fishing

As the only organization that can draft global agreements to curb harmful subsidies, the World Trade Organization WTO has the power to regulate fisheries subsidies. Negotiations on this are now at a crucial stage. Governments have subsidized their fleets for centuries for a variety of reasons: food security, pressure from industry lobbies, or simply national … Read more

Officials take critical notes from nitrogen study – ‘Cabinet is cold for 24 hours and already has shit on the marble’ – Foodlog

Officials take critical notes from nitrogen study Cabinet is

This is evident from a large amount of information that has come out through a WOB request from Greenpeace. For example, there was originally a warning against the large-scale purchase of land around nature reserves, because the motivation for the purchase could be unsound. Then €5 billion will have been spent, but there is a … Read more

Fitter athletes turn out to be drinkers – ‘People probably don’t see a link between more exercise and alcohol use’ – Foodlog

Fitter athletes turn out to be drinkers People probably

Alcohol and sports don’t mix. There are wild stories about cyclists who used to put champagne or cherry beer in their water bottle, but you will not find an exercise physiologist who promotes drinking alcoholic beverages these days. The British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France in 2012 and the Olympic time … Read more

Dutch vanilla from Monster – Tuinder does what is not possible according to Wageningen – Foodlog

Dutch vanilla from Monster Tuinder does what is not

After 5 years of research, Wageningen had to conclude that the ‘potential new gold’ was not commercially viable for Dutch greenhouse growers. Flowering, pollination, yield and disease burden proved to be insufficiently manageable for a profitable business case. Rob Baan of Koppert Cress didn’t care about that. He built his multi-million dollar company around challenges … Read more

Organic is not just more expensive – Consumers are willing to pay more for ‘better’ if they understand why – Foodlog

Organic is not just more expensive Consumers are willing

If you ask an average consumer if he or she wants to eat organic, 52% say yes. At the same time, 56% of consumers do not know the difference between organic and non-organic products. This is apparent from research by the Future of Food Institute, commissioned by Bionext. Consumers generally find organic products expensive. About … Read more

You build the Grondbank in the country, not in The Hague – Government, have confidence in farmers and citizens when redesigning the Netherlands – Foodlog

You build the Grondbank in the country not in The

I think that the Netherlands should not throw its rich agricultural history overboard. I do not feel alone in that wish. It’s not just about the area where I was born and where my future as a farmer lies. Many more people feel connected to their region and do not want everything to be decided … Read more

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