In their drive to become more sustainable, Dutch company Beyond Chrysant has introduced GreenSwitch Original, the world-first low-carbon footprint Nitrate fertilizer produced from manure, in their greenhouses.
Until recently, a sustainable plant nutrition program in greenhouses wasn't much of an out-spoken issue. But that's no longer the case. Whether it's a shortage of resources, a price increase of raw materials, agricultural challenges, or green awareness, we now see growers looking for ways to grow sustainably. And sustainable fertilizers seem to lead the way to transform greenhouses worldwide.
With knowledge sharing and new products coming on the market, such as GreenSwitch Original, growers have gradually realized it's feasible. And Beyond Chrysant, a Dutch company dedicated to Chrysant production, is one of the latest growers to introduce GreenSwitch Original in their greenhouses. Beyond Chrysant joins other companies such as Bunnik Plants and Hoogeveen Plants to become ambassadors in the high-tech greenhouse sector by making the green switch.
Beyond Chrysant introduces GreenSwitch Original in their greenhouses
A solution for manure excess from livestock
"Sustainability is one of our key issues. Resources will be more and more expensive and also less easy to get. And GreenSwitch is a really fantastic idea for reusing waste from farmers", explains Wouter Duijvesteijn, co-owner of Beyond Chrysant.
On this note, we apply the principles of circular agriculture to produce GreenSwitch Original. How? By using waste products from farming as input for crops. GreenSwitch captures Nitrogen out of manure to produce a high-value Nitrate solution. This is what we call upcycling.
At Beyond Chrysant: Wouter Duijvesteijn, Eric Watzeels from Van Iperen BV, Martijn Duijvesteijn (Beyond Chrysant) Edwin Datthijn (Van Iperen BV)
Reduction of carbon footprint in the greenhouse industry
Besides closing agricultural loops and solving the excess of manure from farms, GreenSwitchOriginal brings more benefits to the greenhouse industry. "By applying GreenSwitch Original, we lowered our footprint," says Wouter. How's that possible?
As the GreenSwitch Nitrate production process has been proven* to be close to zero Carbon footprint, growers reduce the CO2 impact of their activity while continuing with their regular crop management. Unlike conventional Nitrate fertilizer production, the energy consumed to produce GreenSwitch Original is significantly smaller. On top of that, this energy comes from green resources. Do you need more reasons to make the green switch? With the implementation of GreenSwitch Original, Beyond Chrysant continues the transition towards more sustainable agriculture.