The transition from an animal protein based to a more vegetable protein based diet is crucial to ensure the availability of sufficient food in the future in a sustainable way. The Dutch Weed Burger addressed this challenge by developing a 100 percent plant-powered hamburger, inspired by the combination of seaweed and algae with plants as the new superfoods. Researchers from Wageningen University have estimated that large-scale cultivation of sea weed can help solve the global food supply problem in a sustainable way. Its cultivation requires neither fresh water nor agricultural land and can help reduce acidification of the oceans.
New Hondsbossche Dunes replaced existing dikes with state-of-the-art techniques to reinforce the Dutch coast. Upon completion it became the longest uninterrupted dunescape in Europe, with a total length of 5.5 km. In addition, New Hondsbossche Dunes serve a multitude of functions relating to recreation and biodiversity. There is more space for wildlife, and there are bike lanes and nature trails for pedestrians. Entrepreneurs are also encouraged to engage, and to set up their businesses in the area. The New Hondsbossche Dunes is a prime example of flood defence that at the same fulfills prominent social and economic functions.
Deforestation is turning into a major global challenge. Foreco uses wood from fast growing pine trees to produce a sustainable alternative to hardwood. Foreco has developed a technology that allows for the environmentally friendly modification of softwood with water soluble biopolymers made from bagasse. After modification 'bio-polymerized softwood' - dubbed NobelWood - has properties similar to that of tropical hardwood. Softwood is grown sustainably, and is widely available as a resource; NobelWood is a product from the highest durability class and it is less toxic than most hardwoods.
It is estimated that the population growth demands a doubling of the global food production with half of the food resources available. Wingssprayer enhances productivity and reduces the amount of pesticides used by 25%, mainly due to the aerodynamic effect of the wing. The technique behind the wing is that it slightly opens up the crop, sprays fine droplets closely above and deeply into the crops. As an effect chemicals emissions is reduced by 99 percent. This makes the new Dutch innovation an optimal crop protection system, at low costs, and a top world environmentally friendly technology.
The Netherlands has traditionally embraced the threat of the might of the sea instead of confronting it. The key is to work with nature by using the natural flow of the sea. The Sand Engine is a primary example of 'building with nature': a novel approach to sand supplementation, which is cost-effective and allows beaches to enlarge. Rather than spraying sand on the beaches, wind, waves and currents are given free rein. Nature's forces are embraced to spread the sand along the shore, thereby reinforcing the coastline and creating a dynamic area for nature and recreation. Mexico and the Netherlands are cooperating in coastal zone development through the concept of Building with Nature. Mexico also uses the Dutch technique of giving room to the river to manage high water levels.
To secure global food supply in a highly efficient manner, BrightBox developed growth models for multilayer cultivation. Multilayer cultivation without natural sunlight makes crop production possible independent of seasonal influences, and climate and weather conditions. BrightBox is a center of expertise in the field of city farming, where research is conducted by a variety of academic and industry parties into optimal plant growth models. In these studies quality and production optimizing conditions are measures for light, air, temperature, nutrition, water and substrate. Applying these growth models can lead to higher cost-efficiency, faster cultivation, and higher quality products.
Food security is major challenge globally due to growing populations and high levels of urbanization. Quality, quantity and location of food production are becoming increasingly important. Certhon has developed a multi-layer growing system and production growth chambers in which crop cultivation takes place in a fully controlled climate, without natural sunlight. The system integrates i.e. cooling and heating installations, irrigation, LED lighting and the possibility to cultivate on multiple levels, ventilation systems, internal transportation, and a turnkey ICT system. As climate conditions can be fitted exactly for specific crops, these growing systems improve product quality and increase productivity.