Icelandic greenhouse tomatoesThis article was originally published in Foodnews
ICELAND is to build a new “Geogreenhouse” for tomato growing, with a view to exporting produce to the UK market. Despite their country having such a hostile climate that almost all vegetables must be cultivated in greenhouses, the growers have several factors working in their favour. The company plans to exploit Iceland’s geothermal energy to heat the greenhouse. Natural Icelandic mineral water, which is of a very good quality, is to be sourced from boreholes. This will also release carbon dioxide into the greenhouses. According to the Iceland Review, the project is only expected to export around 3 000-4 000 tonnes of tomatoes per year, which would have little impact on the UK market, but would triple the tomato production of the island country with a population of just over 300 000. It is rumoured that the project is supported by a Dutch bank.