Skadi Menne

Eat This

How will com­mer­cial hor­ti­cul­tu­re deve­lop in the future? And how do we find good and sus­tainab­le solu­ti­ons now to feed the gro­wing world popu­la­ti­on? The­se are the ques­ti­ons the orga­niz­a­ti­on „Eat This” is asking them­sel­ves and to get ans­wers they are buil­ding a net­work with the dif­fe­rent com­pa­nies in the hor­ti­cul­tu­re indus­try. We are alrea­dy part of this net­work and Renee Snij­ders, who is part of the manage­ment board of „Eat This”, alrea­dy pre­sen­ted the orga­niz­a­ti­on’s mis­si­on at our Inno­va­ti­on Sum­mit in Janu­a­ry 2021. We invi­ted her for ano­t­her inter­view and wan­ted to know a bit more about her ideas.

Kpoint: Why is the col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with sub­stra­te com­pa­nies so important for you?

Renee: For us, sub­stra­te is the foun­da­ti­on in which healt­hy plants grow. The fruits and vege­ta­bles pro­vi­de peop­le with the nut­ri­ents they need. By gro­wing in substrates, we end up with healt­hy plants that have strong growth and low fail­u­re rates. Less resour­ces such as water are nee­ded to grow the fruit and vege­ta­ble plants, which is why it is more cli­ma­te-friend­ly and sus­tainab­le. We also want to rai­se awa­reness and make socie­ty sen­si­ti­ve to this issue.

Kpoint: What suc­ces­ses have you been able to cele­bra­te with your work?

Renee: Last year was a suc­cess­ful year, des­pi­te the fact that our ori­gi­nal plans were thrown out becau­se of COVID-19. We were able to see our visi­on come to life at the Gug­gen­heim Muse­um in New York. The impres­si­ve exhi­bi­ti­on „Coun­try­si­de, the Future” took place the­re and we were allo­wed to set up a mobi­le green­house in front of the buil­ding. This was very well recei­ved by the resi­dents of New York, and out of the exhi­bi­ti­on the plat­form „Eat This” was founded.

We bring tog­e­ther the pioneers in hor­ti­cul­tu­re in an inter­na­tio­nal net­work to deve­lop solu­ti­ons for the future tog­e­ther with them.

We’­ve also been able to con­nect with crea­ti­ve thin­kers out­side the sec­tor and gather their thoughts on the future of food, which has resul­ted in an online webi­nar seri­es in 2020 that will con­ti­nue this year.

When I think about what our start loo­ked like and whe­re we are now, it’s pret­ty ama­zing. At first, we were in con­ta­ct with six com­pa­nies, and now we have over 40. Our goal is to have 100 com­pa­nies from 25 coun­tries in our net­work by the end of this year.

Kpoint: How do you envi­si­on the future of horticulture?

Renee: In the future, hor­ti­cul­tu­re will be reco­gni­zed and valued as an inno­va­ti­ve sec­tor that con­tri­bu­tes great­ly to sol­ving pro­blems in dif­fe­rent are­as of our world. I envi­si­on the­re being healt­hy food for ever­yo­ne, pro­du­ced in a sus­tainab­le and effi­ci­ent way. Also, less ener­gy needs to be used and the use of valu­able resour­ces, such as water, will be mini­mi­zed. We must rea­li­ze that the power of our pla­net is the power of plants and we depend on both.

Kpoint: Why should ever­yo­ne fol­low „Eat This”?

Renee: We want to dri­ve chan­ge tog­e­ther. We need sen­si­ble and good solu­ti­ons that think far into the future and don’t harm the Earth ‑the­re’s no time to was­te. The more peop­le who fol­low us, the bet­ter we can spread the important message.

If you have any ques­ti­ons about “Eat This” or would like to beco­me a part of the net­work as well, plea­se email Renee and she will pro­vi­de you with more infor­ma­ti­on: [email protected]​nethwork.​info

Renee Snijders