2020-10-26

Mineral Policy of the Future

At the risk of tackling a very charged topic, I am going to say something about the new fertilizer policy, the outline of which Minister Schouten has now presented. Of course in relation to the Farm of the Future. And why it would be... Read more
At the risk of tackling a very charged topic, I am going to say something about the new fertilizer policy, the outline of which Minister Schouten has now presented. Of course in relation to the Farm of the Future. And why it would be good for this new fertilizer policy to be linked to Boerderij van de Toekomst. I honestly don't know if I agree with the direction. In the design, Boerderij van de Toekomst also paid attention to circularity and residual flows, as an elaboration of the circular agriculture vision of the ministry. However, we arrive at a completely different, opposite point from the direction of the new fertilizer policy. Read less
Lelystad, FL ( Federal)
October 26, 2020

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Pieter de Wolf for Farmers of the Future

October 26, 2020

Why not about the most land-bound sector, arable farming? Yes, within a radius of 20 km or maybe a little more you can purchase manure from a dairy farmer, but what good is it if you are a farmer in Flevoland, Zeeland or the Veenkolonien? Why don't I read anything about human fertilizers? I do read that dairy farmers must be... Read more

October 26, 2020

Why not about the most land-bound sector, arable farming? Yes, within a radius of 20 km or maybe a little more you can purchase manure from a dairy farmer, but what good is it if you are a farmer in Flevoland, Zeeland or the Veenkolonien? Why don't I read anything about human fertilizers? I do read that dairy farmers must be soil-bound, which means that they place all manure on their own soil. Or perhaps drop off at a neighboring arable farmer, but what good is it if you, as a dairy farmer, do not have an arable farmer nearby, such as in large parts of the eastern Netherlands or the peat meadow areas? In the current set-up, the new manure policy therefore leads to the situation that no more cattle manure is available for the majority of arable farming. I also read that intensive livestock farms are obliged to process all manure. The idea is that those products will then become available to arable farmers. Is that progress, for crops, the climate, the environment and the wallet?

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Pieter de Wolf for Farmers of the Future

October 26, 2020

 At the same time, and I am so stubborn again, we simply have a much better story with Boerderij van de Toekomst. We had long thought that arable farming requires reciprocal cooperation with livestock and cattle farmers: you supply raw materials for animal feed, on condition that you receive manure in return. And fortunately we... Read more

October 26, 2020

 At the same time, and I am so stubborn again, we simply have a much better story with Boerderij van de Toekomst. We had long thought that arable farming requires reciprocal cooperation with livestock and cattle farmers: you supply raw materials for animal feed, on condition that you receive manure in return. And fortunately we had long thought that we should start working on human fertilizers, because you can no longer do without if much less animal manure becomes available. In this way we arrive at a healthy and sustainable cultivation system for the future. I fear that the contours of the current fertilizer policy will certainly not bring us there for arable farming.

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Pieter de Wolf for Farmers of the Future

October 26, 2020

I also assume that after the visit to the Boerderij van de Toekomst Schouten will also have a chat with her responsible employees, like 'are we sure that we are making a fertilizer policy for the farmers of the future?' And if I may also make a suggestion, let's call it another name: the mineral policy of the future. Then we will... Read more

October 26, 2020

I also assume that after the visit to the Boerderij van de Toekomst Schouten will also have a chat with her responsible employees, like 'are we sure that we are making a fertilizer policy for the farmers of the future?' And if I may also make a suggestion, let's call it another name: the mineral policy of the future. Then we will also get rid of the focus on manure as a problem.

Finally: Boerderij van de Toekomst is a great place to have a discussion with various parties about this mineral policy of the future. In the middle of an arable area, with a view to the future!


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