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Bio-economy = systems innovation. Composting in Flemish agriculture

compostWHAT BARRIERS STAND IN THE WAY OF USING COMPOST IN FLEMISH AGRICULTURE?

Composting is useful within the bioeconomy to close cycles. Composting can valorise biomass that is not usable for other applications or can be used at the end of a cascade chain. Much is now known about the composting process, and the benefits of composting are widely known. Yet we see that within Flanders and beyond, composting is little used in agriculture and horticulture. The obstacles are wider than in the technical-scientific field.

MIXED-METHOD: COMBINATION OF SURVEYS AND INTERVIEWS

Two surveys were sent out to farmers. In addition, farmers were interviewed extensively to enrich the insights. The whole system, divided into four main elements, was discussed in search of all elements that influence the implementation of compost use in agriculture and horticulture.

ADAPTATION & INNOVATION IN COMPLETE SYSTEM NEEDED

Approximately 30 elements were identified that prevent the use of composting. These were linked to each other. The barriers are very diverse in nature and have a basis in economic, economic, legislative, behavioural, and technological aspects This case illustrates the importance of a broad perspective in the development of bioeconomy applications. Implementing such new concepts often requires a complete system innovation, i.e. adjustments and innovation in the market, in the value chain, in legislation, in technology and in consumer behaviour.

Projects

  1. Genesys

More information: jonas.vanlancker@ilvo.vlaanderen.be
www.ilvogenesys.be

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