Producing more, more sustainably

Do we accept that a single kilogram of rice takes 5000 litres of water to produce? Or do we develop a system of cultivation that can get by with less water?

Freshwater is scarce, whereas the cultivation of rice requires great quantities of water. The amount of bees needed for the pollination of many agricultural crops is under pressure. Straw contains valuable nutrients that are not being used optimally. Food production is under pressure. And all of this while the world needs even more food by 2050.

Increased and more sustainable production is vital. This is the reason that Wageningen UR scientists are researching sustainable production techniques that will make optimal use of land, water, natural resources, and energy. The development of cultivation systems and techniques must lead to higher yields with a smaller impact on the environment than is currently the case.