New York, NY (PRWEB) January 18, 2014
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, responds to an article published by the Pensacola News Journal on December 28th, highlighting the emerging organic farming efforts of Alabama’s Black Belt region.
According to the December 28th article published by the Pensacola News Journal, titled “Organic farming effort growing in Ala. Black Belt,” Randy and Debbie Brown opened a small farm that will grow year-round organic vegetables in tunnel hothouses. This farm is what the Browns and a coalition of business partners hope will be “a massive network of small, independently owned farms across Alabama and Georgia that together will transform the impoverished Black Belt into the organic produce supplier for cities across the Southeast.”
Don Chamberlain of Selma, who first proposed the idea, says this network of hothouses and farms will produce organic foods that can feed and supply Southern supermarkets, schools and restaurants. Not only this, but it will also create a number of jobs and help alleviate the region’s poverty epidemic.
Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, believes this network will benefit all involved and will allow the local area to make organic produce widely available and affordable. “Right now, Alabama has to buy organic produce from areas like California and Mexico,” he says. “Growing this organic produce locally will, in turn, alleviate shipping costs and allow for much fresher produce. These factors, along with the added jobs for locals, make this partnership a win-win situation.”
Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional products to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.