Golden yellow wheat fields, luscious meadows, grazing cows: farming runs in Brabant's lifeblood. None other than Vincent van Gogh, the world famous artist who originates from Zundert, was inspired by the rustic beauty of the province of Brabant. His painting, The Potato Eaters, is a picture of domestic tranquillity.
But appearances are deceiving. That rural tranquillity hides a bustling business chain in Brabant. All the food that our farmers produce and harvest goes to domestic and foreign buyers. Potatoes, corn on the cob and legs of ham flow in seemingly endless quantities down the conveyors in food processing companies.
On the face of it, this is a traditional sector. However, modern technology is revolutionising the wonderful world of ‘rots and tots’ (carrots and potatoes) at lightning speed. Which makes sense when you consider that high tech and agrifood are the two principal economic mainstays of Brabant, and capable of competing at international level. The relationship between intensive agriculture on the one hand, and environmental conservation and human and animal well-being on the other hand, is strained. So the agrifood sector in Brabant has decided to invest heavily in sustainability, innovation and quality.
What if you could grow your own food, sustainably of course? Entrepreneurs Arend and Simone Koekkoek, the brains behind Pixelfarming, have developed a completely new approach to demand-driven agriculture.Read more
A portrait of enthusiastic and inspired farmer Hans Verhoeven. His 'Pig House of the Future', pig house systems that target significantly reducing ammonia emissions and noise nuisance, are currently under development.Read more
Food designer Ralph Geerts will work his magic with typical Brabant dishes in collaboration with farmers, chefs and consumers. Culinary innovation, sustainability and hospitality are his focal themesRead more
How can you reduce the gap between farmers and consumers? Carlos Faes, of Philips Fruittuin fame and a co-founder of the Rijp platform, has advocated a farm-to-fork supply chain for years.Read more
PeelPioneers uses the valuable properties of orange peel for new products. The company is setting up a fast-growing sustainable business around this activity.Read more
Food and concept designer Chloé Rutzerveld encourages people to look critically at food production and food consumption. ‘We have to look at our food differently’.Read more
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