Report Synopsis

Mapping out a green growth strategy for UK horticulture

Currently researching for Scholarship

The title of my scholarship is ‘Mapping out a green growth strategy for UK horticulture’ and my aim is to create an ambitious, yet realistic, future-focused green growth strategy for UK horticulture to achieve economic growth, whilst ensuring the sustainable use of natural capital and ecosystem services.

As an industry, our ultimate goal must be to quickly arrive at our ‘end point’, which is embodied in environmentally and financially sustainable, efficient and profitable food production systems. To achieve this aim, the green growth strategy will focus on three key areas that are interdependent in the food production systems of the future:

1. Achieving climate-neutral crop production – Examination of ‘responsible innovation’: removal of dependency on fossil fuels; reduce energy demand by increasing energy efficiency; and opportunities for carbon capture, usage and storage.

2. Optimised growing – Integration of complex biological systems with advanced ‘clean’ technologies and bioengineering for optimal crop performance, including learning from organic approaches for future conventional production with reduced access to crop chemistry.

3. Integration of circular economy thinking – Identification of the opportunities to build Circular Economy thinking into horticultural crop production systems using case studies.

This green growth strategy will help inform future horticultural business ambitions and direct strategic research priority areas for the horticultural sector.