Vision Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Dutch farming, horticulture and fisheries are constantly innovating, making our country a global leader in these sectors. However, current production methods are not without cost. The Netherlands faces serious social and ecological challenges. We need to prevent depletion of soil, freshwater supplies and raw materials, halt the decline in biodiversity and fulfil our commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

Climate change and resource scarcity require us to reassess production methods. Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, sees circular agriculture as the logical and conclusive answer to these issues. This means closing cycles of minerals and other resources as far as possible, strengthening our focus on biodiversity and respecting the Earth’s natural limits, preventing waste and ensuring farmers are paid a fair price for their hard work.

The Minister hopes that the Netherland’s vision on circular agriculture will become a source of inspiration at European level.