Financial Times Highlights Holland’s Innovative Food Valley
The Netherlands is cultivating the future of food with its world-class agri/food sector
Financial Times prominently featured the Netherlands’ expertise in sustainable agriculture. The article examines Holland’s Food Valley and its ability to meet “the flurry of interest in agricultural and food technology” by applying gene editing, artificial intelligence and digital technology to food production and crops.
From world-leading food producers like Kraft Heinz to established food geneticists like Keygene, Holland boasts more than 5,300 agri/food companies. Known for its “Silicon Valley-style innovation,” Holland’s Food Valley and Wageningen University are home to 200 agri/food companies within a 10km radius.
“The country has made food science one of its strategic priorities and boasts one of the world’s most efficient agricultural systems. It is the largest exporter of vegetable seeds and its farmers use a fraction of the water of their counterparts elsewhere,” says the article.
World Leading Agri/Food Sector
The Netherlands is an agri/food powerhouse and holds the top spot as the world’s No. 1 exporter in potatoes, onions, and fresh vegetables. The Dutch are the world’s No. 2 largest exporter of agri/food overall. The Dutch are also known to be world-class innovators and thought-leaders within the industry. The Netherlands boasts one of the world’s most efficient agricultural systems, thanks in part to Wageningen University & Research (WUR) – one of the world’s top agricultural research institutions.
Source: Financial Times17 October 2018