Bayer emphasises the success of the Dutch chain cooperation

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Frank Terhorst, Hidde Boersma, Ernst van den Ende and Jelte van Kammen emphasise the opportunities of technology in the potato chain

At a mini congress, which focused on the opportunities of technology in the chain, Bayer informed nearly a hundred interested parties about the opportunities of cooperation for responsible food production and social acceptance.

During the meeting, the speakers emphasised the opportunities of technology in optimising the chain. According to Hidde Boersma, freelance scientific journalist and advocate of eco-modernism, it is important that agriculture takes place on the best land, by the best growers and with the latest techniques. This will increase yields and leave much more space for nature. In his view this is not only good for nature, but also helps the fast-growing world population to provide sufficient food. According to Frank Terhorst, Head of Crop Strategy & Portfolio Management at Bayer, new technologies will help meet future challenges. In order to optimise cultivation in this way, the collection and processing of data will become even more important. Ernst van den Ende, Director of the Plant Science Group at Wageningen University & Research, emphasises the importance of not making too many promises with the new technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas. ‘Technology is not the golden bullet, but a tool. We must be transparent, identify side effects and hold broad social discussions based on facts and not on emotions. Our vision is ‘to do more with less input, better products, and chain transparency.’ The idea that we, as a society, must jointly find answers to future issues is deeply rooted in our new strategic plan’, emphasises Van den Ende.

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