Impact Investor and Advocate of Sustainable Agriculture Commends University for Its Efforts to Raise Awareness of Sustainable Produce

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Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, commends Michigan Technological University for its interdepartmental efforts to spread campus-wide awareness about organic produce.

On August 5, impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, commends Michigan Technological University for its efforts to spread campus-wide awareness about organic production.

According to a July 31, 2013 article published on Newswise.com, entitled, “Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Takes Root at Michigan Tech,” a sustainable organic vegetable garden was cropped in a Michigan Technological University resident hall courtyard in hopes of raising food awareness about the importance of sustainable, organic food production. The project is an interdepartmental collaboration of Housing and Residential Life, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Facilities Management, Dining Services and Student Affairs.

The garden contains “more than 22 types of vegetables and herbs, including basil, bok choy, cauliflower, flint corn, okra, parsley, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, wax beans and seven different tomatoes.” Everything that is harvested in the organic garden will be incorporated in to meals being served in the university’s dining hall.

The gardeners practice organic farming techniques, such as using green pest management and utilizing local soils that contains no synthetic fertilizers.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, believes it is important to educate the next generation of decision-makers about sustainable, organic food and farming practices. “Michigan Tech is providing its students with a wonderful opportunity to get directly involved in the important conversation about sustainable, organic food production. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Educating them about the importance and benefits of utilizing these farming practices will allow these methods to increase on a global scale.”

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.

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