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Biodegrable pots from niche product to more extensive use

“Little by little we are achieving more and more results. We have moved from theory to practice on all fronts. Our Plastic-Free Crop project is gaining ground with the use of Fertil Pot cultivation pots. These are 100% biodegradable and made from plant fibers. QuickPot pots, made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, can be washed and reused for more than 10 years,” said Alessandro Guglielmi, sales manager of Energy Green from Borgosatollo (Brescia), Italy.

“The companies we are now working with have been able to adapt to the new standards of the biodegradable system and overcome an initial skepticism. The feedback so far has been positive. To give an example, the herbs of Bio&Co, sold by Floricoltura Gagliolo from Albenga, are delivered in a beautiful wooden box. The plants are grown by the nursery FK BIO, where our good friend Fabio Ravera has not only adopted our philosophy, but also has the merit of having a social commitment in his production chain. The herbs are all grown in a Fertil Pot that can simply be transplanted with the plant,” said Guglielmi.

Herbs from Bio&Co (photo provided by Alessandro Guglielmi)

Guglielmi emphasized on the importance of growing the plants in the Fertil Pot (pictured below). In this way, they reach the consumer without any disposable packaging lying around.

“But in the wake of the biodegradable Fertil Pot’s success, there has been an influx of pots made of recycled paper, cellulose and other materials, but where the plants are grown in plastic pots and transplanted shortly before they are released on the market. The unsuspecting consumers thus think they are helping to reduce pollution, while the disposable pots, used until just before, are simply discarded earlier by someone else.” From an agronomic point of view, the plant cannot immediately permeate this type of pot and therefore suffers a high transplant shock. Moreover, when the paper degrades, it consumes nitrogen, subtracting it from the availability of the plant itself.

On the left the new Fertil Pot and on the right a grown Fertil Pot. The roots of the plant have grown through the pot. Once transplanted, they find the ideal conditions to start over, more vigorous than ever. (Photo by Alessandro Guglielmi)

“Another project in which our solutions play a role is the Comuni Fioriti event, managed by Asproflor. This organization has decided to use our Plastic Free philosophy and provide the flowering plants to the public administrations participating in the initiative. The intention is to implement the request of plants grown in Fertil Pot. In addition, our project has aroused the interest of the famous Rossano Ercolini, winner of the European Environmental Prize in 2013, as well as author of several books on the subject and president of Zero Waste Italy and the Zero Waste Research Center, which included our pots in the site”, explained Guglielmi.

Lastly, the Minoprio Foundation took part in the call for proposals launched by Cariplo called ‘Project Susflo-Sustainable Flowers. Plastic Challenge: a contest against disposable plastics’. Together with the University of Milan and the AICG, with the contribution of the High Horticultural District of Lombardy, they will monitor consumers using Fertil Pot for two years.

The video tutorial for transplanting Fertil Pot (photo provided by Alessandro Guglielmi).

“I think all of this is a sign of a trend change. We are going from a niche product to a more intensive consumption of the biodegradable pot, because there is a greater ecological awareness and more attention to the waste problem,” concluded Guglielmi.

For more information:
Alessandro Guglielmi
Energy Green srl
Via Gerole, 1/D
25010 Borgosatollo (BS)
+39 01 84 53 41 71

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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