By: Amelia Oei 25 Oct, 2017

On Sunday 15 October 2017, the busy World Food Day took place in and around the Market Hall. On World Food Day Rdam, thousands of (international) visitors took a look behind the scenes of food entrepreneurs from the Rotterdam region. Apart from excursions to 12 food companies and the port, there were lots of activities pertaining to the themes of technology, local products, trade, brain and health.

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Food entrepreneurs from the Rotterdam region welcomed many enthusiastic visitors at the World Food Day Rdam. A number of entrepreneurs talked about their participation and experiences.

Local and seasonal food
Drees Peter van den Bosch from Willem&Drees was at the World Food Day Rdam on behalf of Zuid-Hollandse Voedselfamilies. Members of Zuid-Hollandse Voedselfamilies are working on more sustainable methods of food production. Drees Peter is committed to eating more local food. One of the visitors commented: “I miss those old-fashioned apple varieties so much. The apples nowadays have hardly any taste.” Drees Peter explains that, due to the rising influence of the retailers, the same products are on the shelves all year long. “The focus has shifted from taste and season to continuous availability and quality,” according to Drees Peter van den Bosch. He feels it is important that we pay more attention to the craftsmanship existing within the region. This will do more to preserve the wealth of regional products.

Consumer gets acquainted with the Dutch greenhouse horticulture
During the tour, visitors to Tomatoworld learned a lot about the innovative Dutch greenhouse horticulture and learned more about the global food problem. Tomatoworld wants to make consumers aware that food is not so obvious and that everyone can make a positive contribution by making a healthy food choice. Naturally, visitors could taste tomatoes from the stocks containing 80 different types of tomatoes. In the greenhouse, they saw these 80 different kinds of crops grow and were told the story of the bumble bees and crop control.
WFDR tomaten

Sustainable vegetable growing and fish farming with Aquaponics
Wellantcollege and InHolland students explained the Aquaponics system. Aquaponics is a circular system where aquaculture (fish farming) meets hydroponics (cultivating plants in water). For most visitors to World Food Day Rdam, this was their first contact with this system, and many were especially affected by the sustainable aspect. In addition to Aquaponics, other new ways of growing have also been developed. One example would be Vertical Farming.

Workshop coffee roasting
At Santas Koffie, visitors could experience what participating actively in the coffee roasting process is like. “While they thoroughly enjoyed roasting coffee themselves, they also came to the conclusion that it is truly a job for specialists. Many people drink coffee every day, but do not stop and think about the whole process it entails,” Nathalie Loerakker de Bleyser, Office Manager at Santas Koffie, says. The visitors learned everything about the process, from the initial cultivation of the beans until the moment the coffee has reached your cup. At the end of the workshop, visitors could take some delicious coffee home.
WFDR Santas

Vegetables from the sea
The North Sea Farm Foundation wants to create a sustainable seaweed sector in the Netherlands. This is done, on the one hand, through knowledge sharing and connecting companies within the Seaweed platform and, on the other, through demonstrations on the open sea with pilot farms. At World Food Day Rdam, Koen van Swam, spokesman for the North Sea Farm Foundation, explained what seaweed is and what it can be used for. On World Food Day Rdam, visitors could taste seaweed tapenades as a vegetable replacement for pesto. Many visitors were enthusiastic about the initiative. Seaweed is used as a thickening agent in many daily products, such as custard and coffee milk. It is also used as a supplement for animal feed. In addition, bioplastic and textiles can be made from it. It is a sustainable way of cultivation because water, soil and manure are not necessary. The North Sea Farm Foundation is a cooperative venture of 65 companies engaged in the production of seaweed. The opinion of the customer is of great value to these companies.

40 participating food companies and knowledge institutions
About 40 food companies and knowledge institutions participated in World Food Day Rdam by offering excursions and activities, including the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, Wageningen University & Research, Lentiz LIFE College, dairy farmer Gravesteyn, InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Wellantcollege, Koppert Cress, Consult2Grow, Bram Ladage, Tomatoworld, The New Farm, Santas Koffie, Rijk Zwaan, Floating Farm, Schmidt Zeevis, Markthal, Jumbo Botersloot, Willem & Drees, Drechtstadsboer, Herenboeren Rotterdam, Booij Kaasmakers, HAS Hogeschool, Rotterdam Munt, TopKrop, North Sea Farms Foundation, Zuid-Hollandse Voedselfamilies, De Ruwenberg B.V., Delflandshof, Delflandse Vleesmeesters, Rechtstreex, Maersk, LTO Noord and Euro Caps.

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