Digital platform for BioBased horticulture launched
Friday 15 November 2019
In order to share knowledge and ideas in the field of biobased horticulture in a better way, BioBoost developed a digital platform. This platform aims to stimulate and inspire and connect biobased initiatives in horticulture. The platform was officially launched on November 13th by Karin Zwinkels, alderman of the municipality of Westland. With a press of a button in the Council Hall of the Town hall of Westland, the website was activated.
BioBoost Platform fills gap
The platform, called ' BioBoost Platform ', was developed under the direction of the municipality of Westland. The biobased economy offers huge opportunities for horticulture. These opportunities deserve support and stimulus. That is why the municipality of Westland started a few years ago the Interreg project BioBoost, which stimulates the development of a bioeconomy and the reuse of green residual streams in the horticultural sector. Since it was found that information and ideas about practical applications of horticultural residues are difficult to find and also a central place for this lacks, the plan arose to do something about this. With the help of Europe and the BioBoost partners, this has led to this new online platform.
The core of the platform consists of examples of all sorts of new applications of horticultural residues. Sometimes they are quite innovative, such as the use of tomato stems for making textiles, or leather made from apples. Sometimes they are more a variation on a well-known theme, such as use of deviant or superfluous horticultural products for a new food product. Anyway, all these examples show that much more is possible than imagined and they invite to think about these or other new applications. And that is exact the intention. In addition, you can connect through the platform to others who are involved and have experience and expertise. And of course you can add your own ideas and experiences on the platform. In this way the platform grows and becomes more and more a ' community '.
The BioBoost project ends next year, but the BioBoost Platform will continue to exist. The Greenport West-Holland and Green Chemistry Campus will jointly take on the management of the platform and thus ensure the future of the platform. Greenport West-Holland is the regional association of governments, entrepreneurs, research organisations and educational institutions in horticulture. Green Chemistry Campus is an accelerator for the upscaling of biobased innovations. Greenport West-Holland and Green Chemistry Campus signed a cooperation agreement on the 13th of November. And that's why it was twofold party!
Jolanda Heistek and Petra Koenders sign the agreement for the management of the BioBoost Platform.
Circular horticulture is the future
At the launch of the BioBoost Platform, alderman Karin Zwinkels went into the huge challenge of being able to produce enough safe food in the future. We cannot afford to lose horticultural products during cultivation. But she also sees it as a huge opportunity to tackle that challenge and to show the rest of the world how inventive and leading we are. Also the switch to natural materials instead of oil-based gives a support in the back to make the horticulture more durable and circular. With a biobased horticulture we can also in the future make a good living, is her conviction.
With the press of a button, Alderman Karin Zwinkels activates the BioBoost Platform.
Also two practitioners gave examples of how to utilise agricultural residual streams.
First of all, Barbara Schrammeijer, lecturer-researcher at the Hogeschool van Rotterdam spoke. She examines with students how biomass from residual flows from the agricultural sector can be valorised as complete as possible. They also look at the economic feasibility and logistics. The ultimate goal is to achieve a complete as possible model for residues valorisation, including a step-wise methodological approach and thus contribute to further sustainability of the agricultural/horticultural sector. Among other things, they look at non-sold flowers at Royal Flora Holland in collaboration with Milgro.
After that, Isabelle Wilhelmus and Mylène Lesscher of Bonborange introduced chocolates with a filling made of orange peel. Orange peel are the residual streams of sap production. 10,000 trucks with orange peel are discarded per year in the Netherlands. BonBorange ambition is to use this residual stream as optimally as possible and therefore they process it in bonbons. In orange peel there are valuable substances such as vitamin C, oils, fibres and pectin.
The examples presented, can be found on the new platform of course: www.bioboost-platform.com