MAKING LIGHT WORK
KOPPERT CRESS GREENHOUSE, NETHERLANDS
Under the neon pink glow of hundreds of LED lights, workers at the Koppert greenhouse in the Netherlands tend to their micro-vegetables. While the lighting may suggest they’ve been sucked into a 1980s videogame – like Tron but with more cress – it’s actually a cost-saving measure. A combination of red and blue light is cheaper to run than the normal colour and the micro-veg don’t mind it.
Covering 10 hectares, Koppert’s range includes 33 varieties of cress, wheat grass, edible flowers and other indoor crops, which are shipped all over the world. The latest addition is sweet lov, young maize that is eaten as a crunchy, newly germinated corn kernel. Like the cress, sweet lov can be grown without soil, on a wet felt pad, and sold as a living crop.