Biodiversity decline and global warming are the two largest environmental issues of our time, with a major role for agriculture and food. The Louis Bolk Institute stands for sustainable agriculture: climate-resilient and nature-inclusive. Are you looking for a partner in research and the implementation of circular agriculture? An organisation that thinks in terms of natural processes, coherence and links with other themes, such as protein transition and healthy nutrition?
Unhealthy lifestyles and the increase in lifestyle-related diseases have been a growing problem, for years. We use research methods that strive for 'real-life robustness'. We translate scientific insights into practice, evaluate initiatives in practice and use the results to obtain new scientific insights. Are you are interested in getting the help of practice-based researchers to implement scientific insights into sustainable healthy nutrition for children, to evaluate a programme on lifestyle medicine in practice, or to investigate nutrition and lifestyle effects amongst vulnerable groups?
Together with growers, government authorities and European partners, the Louis Bolk Institute investigates how to achieve a more sustainable cultivation of our food. We focus on farm practices, so that our scientific knowledge can indeed be implemented in practice. Are you looking for a reliable partner to make your crops more sustainable right from the start, to convert scientific insights into practice, or to evaluate existing sustainability projects in arable farming?
Prevention and self-management are becoming increasingly important for public health. The Louis Bolk Institute works closely with health professionals, government authorities, businesses, patients and local residents to investigate how people's health can be maintained or improved, and puts this knowledge into practice by setting up evaluation processes and supervising implementation. Interested in researching or implementing Integrative Medicine or Positive Health?
Livestock farming in the Netherlands is faced with a number of major challenges, such as those of reducing the excess nitrogen in nature reserves, improving water quality and the conservation of meadow birds. This means a combination of measures that will ensure closing cycles at both farm and regional levels. It also means more nature-inclusive production. Are you looking for a knowledge institute in the field of R&D related to sustainable livestock farming as well as to systems that work and area-specific processes, or for courses on farming practices?
Agriculture is facing major challenges, such as those of a changing climate and progressively stringent legislation. The importance of healthy soil is becoming increasingly evident. Our expertise, agricultural network and scientific and applied knowledge enables us to consider subjects in connection to others. Reasoning from the perspective of the overarching system, and taking an agro-systemic approach is paramount. Interested?