Circular Agri Food Summit | 7 november 2019

Get inspired and make impact

This summit is about tomorrow's game changers, rethinking the system and tackling challenges through circular innovation.

All content and speakers have been researched and vetted by the team of Misset International and Wageningen University and research, ensuring an independent and unbiased agenda without commercial pressure.

09.15 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome by Cas van Arendonk, Host
10.15 - 10.45 Keynote: The Value of everything by Martin Scholten, General Director Animal Sciences at Wageningen University & Research

Brief summary

  • The economic system needs to be changed
  • Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist
  • Together we can solve our problems
10.45 - 11.15 Keynote: The true costs of food by Volkert Engelsman, CEO and founder of Eosta

Eosta is known as an organization that leads the way in the area of sustainability. The company is one of the first companies in the world to publish True Cost calculations (according to the principles of True Pricing) of its products. In addition to the financial costs and benefits, such a report also calculates both the impact on natural capital (the planet) and social capital (people) in euros. But the management of the entire company is also mirrored to the same values as the production process of the fruit and vegetables – sustainable, together and authentic.

Brief summary

  • True Cost Accounting is a new form of bookkeeping that makes the true price of food production visible
  • Help financial institutions to start making better choices
  • Calculate your profit fairly
11.15 - 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 - 12.30 Circularity in the spotlight by Martin Scholten, General Director Animal Sciences at Wageningen University & Research and his colleagues: Oscar Schoumans, Marnix Poelman, Iris Vural Gürsel and Wolter Elbersen
  • Introduction by Martin Scholten, Managing Director Animal Sciences Group
    • Circular agriculture must become the baseline. No biomass may be lost during food production
  • Biobased manure treatment and valorization by Oscar Schoumans, Coordinator Systemic Manure Treatment and valorisation, Wageningen Environmental Research
    • Economically viable business cases for nutrient recovery from biowaste, animal manure and sewage sludge
  • Blue grow ambitions by Marnix Poelman, Researcher, Project Manager, Wageningen Marine Research.
    • Harbouring seaweed, fish and shellfish innovations in the offshore domain to support global food security ambitions
  • Local for local in biobased, closing the technocycle by Iris Vural Gürsel & Wolter Elbersen, Researcher Wageningen Food & Biobased Research.
    • Insights into sustainable lignocellulosic biomass supply for a circular economy

Brief summary

  • Overview of the latest and most promising projects within Wageningen University & Research
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.00 Repairing the future by Jason Drew, FLY-FARMER and insect technology pioneer at AgriProtein

AgriProtein uses black soldier flies and their larvae to convert organic food waste into a high-protein alternative to fishmeal suitable for fish, poultry, pigs and pet food. The company, which won acclaim as the BBC Food Chain Global Champion 2017, is building a global business through its circular economy strategy: up-cycling organic waste to tackle the food security and waste disposal challenges posed by the world’s burgeoning population, while helping conserve wild-fish stocks in our threatened oceans. 

Brief summary

  • The world urgently needs new sustainable sources of protein
  • Increased global food demand and environmental limits have caused prices of both protein sources to soar in recent years
  • Disruptive sources of protein are needed to close the feed gap and, in the process, help repair the future of the planet
14.00 - 14.30 Put your plants in control by Robert van Spingelen, Director of Business Development for EMEA and Patricia Benton, Director of Global Marketing at Ostara

Ostara’s proprietary Pearl technology recovers nutrients from industrialagricultural, and municipal water treatment streams, transforming them into granular fertilizers that improve crop yields and reduce runoff. We are transforming the commodity market value chain and closing the loop on phosphorus for future generations. 

Brief summary

  • Help growers and cities protect precious water and food resources
  • Increase yields and reduced nutrient loss
  • How can we close the loop?
14.30 - 15.00 No charity but equality by Lennart Clerkx, CEO and founder of This Side Up Coffee

Most coffee farmers do not have the means and connections to reach out directly to roasters, and are left to the devices of the open market and the whims of traders. Instead of keeping farmers in the dark while simply buying and selling their coffee, This Side Up aids farmers to become fully independent agro-entrepreneurs. This includes becoming their own coffee’s quality experts, ecologists, exporters, storytellers and introducing them to the European specialty coffee world.

Brief summary

  • Taking an active approach towards closing value and waste streams
  • Enhance the social, economic and environmental impact of our premiums
  • It is not easy, but who are we not to try!
15.00 - 15.30 Matchmaking break
15.30 - 16.00 Together we can change the way the world does business by Jan Kees Vis, Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development Unilever

Since the mid 1990’s, Unilever has run three sustainability programmes and an environmental care programme. The sustainability programmes look at water, fish and agriculture. Roughly two-thirds of Unilever’s raw materials come from agriculture and forestry. Making agriculture (and forestry) more sustainable, is therefore of direct business interest to Unilever. In the sustainable agriculture programme, Unilever works with 11 indicators: soil health and fertility, soil loss, nutrients, pest management, biodiversity, energy, water, social and human capital, local economy and animal welfare.

Brief summary

  • Use your global business as a positive force for change
  • Integrate sustainability into the way you do business
  • Changing the world for the better, together
16.00 - 16.30 Train your brain by Erik Schoppen, Chance-thinking innovator and idea accelerator

In his lecture, neuroscience and behavioral researcher Erik Schoppen shows how trust works in our brain. What are the functions of trust? Trust is essential in making connections, empathy and leadership. But how do you build this trust? Which evolutionary mechanisms are behind trust, and how can you use this to change behavior in a positive way by employees and clients? How do you improve your brand communication using this mechanisms?           

Brief summary

  • Trust is essential in making connections, empathy and leadership
  • You can make a difference through your own efforts, by changing your brain and improving your skills
  • You learn to captain your own ship and even guide others you’re responsible for
16.30 - 18.00 Drinks and bites