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Local and sustainable supply chain? We say YES!

Updated: May 7, 2019

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It’s been a while since our last post but we have been quite busy on the ground and we have some great ‘circular’ and ‘local’ news to share with you! As you may know, we are a growing and innovative business based in Moray trying to do things differently and that includes focusing on building new relationships with other local, Scotland-based businesses. We believe that such actions can be really empowering and form the basis of future, sustainable business models. The future is always unknown but BREXIT makes that even more so and we are working hard to secure our supply chain and make it as locally-based as we can. As a circular economy business, we are looking into different options for natural by-products of other industries that we could use as feedstock for growing our mushrooms. We have been working around with used coffee grounds, sawdust, spent brewery grains, and now it's time for hemp! It is quite exciting, since hemp could be growing here in Scotland, and therefore our supply chain couldn't get more locally-based than this!

Last week, we participated in a meeting organised by Rural Innovation Support Service which aimed at bringing together 5 local farmers from Aberdeenshire, the Rowett Institute ofNutrition & Health in Aberdeen, Scotland's Rural College, and other organisation together, such as Biosusand Green Grow in order to look into innovative opportunities for growing hemp in Scotland. All people with great ideas, knowledge of their industries and passion for doing something for Scotland. The idea behind the meeting was to find out potential uses of hemp in industries such as food and drink, construction, textiles, agriculture, to learn how can we extract its full value, and ensure the maximisation of the economic potential for Scottish businesses while helping to safeguard and improve our environment.

Here, in Green Grow, as we’ve mentioned, we use parts of the hemp plant as a feedstock for growing our mushrooms and mycelium. The usage of hemp allows us to close the loop in our production process, meaning the implementation of circular economy solutions. Hemp is a fully compostable feedstock, which can go back to nature after we have grown the mushrooms.

Additionally, we are looking into creating a more diverse selection of our "ready-to-cook" meals by offering hemp-based and gluten-free options. Hemp is a great source is amino-acids, it contains 20 of them, of which 9 are the essential amino acids. It is the so-called complete plant-based protein which is also rich in fibre and minerals. Some of the most known benefits of hemp protein are: boosts the immune system, increases energy levels, reduces inflammation, improves digestion, and fights heart disease. We hope you are as excited as we are about our future!

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