Newsletter February 2023. From the Buijtenland van Rhoon to Greece.
What is the relationship between Rhoon and Greece? Well, we will explain that in detail in this new newsletter.
We start in Rhoon, where we are carrying out a new project with our partner Stichting Duurzaam Brouwen. In this case it concerns the processing of Heineken’s brewing sludge, which we want to use in the form of Brickz as a soil improver on the Buijtenland van Rhoon.
Now we, as farmers from the east, find the Buijteland van Rhoon very far away and really abroad, but it gets even worse: our reputation has already preceded us so much that we are also going to Greece. And this is how it all began.
We have been in contact with a number of parties from Greece through our partner Green4Growth for some time now. They came to visit us because of our ability to use mycorrhiza to break down complex, harmful and particularly stubborn asbestos substances. This mainly concerns asbestos, PFAS, hydrocarbons, but also a stream such as WWTP sludge that we can convert into useful biomass with the breakdown of all harmful substances contained therein.
However, Greece – and a number of other Mediterranean countries – are grappling with another problem, namely the residual material released during the production of olive oil, which contains harmful phenols. The question that now arises is whether we could use our biological technology that uses mycorrhiza to break down harmful substances to solve this problem?
Although we naturally have confidence in our natural partners and products – mycorrhiza, miscanthus and Brickz – we need to do some research first. And that is what our visit to Greece in February is about: building an alliance of companies and knowledge institutions that tackle this problem.
Mycorrhiza is the Greek word for fungus and it would be great if we could use these fungi in their ‘motherland’ to break down harmful substances on the one hand and to help shape sustainable soil management on the other.
Ultimately, this should lead to the construction of one or more phytor refineries where we will break down the harmful substances and convert the residual product into Brickz that we can use as a soil improver for olive cultivation.
But maybe we can also start producing Brickz of Life that serve as a basis for nature restoration on totally degraded soils? And then we have finally returned to what it all started with the Brickz, namely as a product that lies at the basis of the recovery of degraded soils and ecosystems.
We once read: If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never change the goal. And we stick to that.
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