Already 50% of the Dutch farmers in 2020 work according to the “Circulare Agriculture”-system and more to come, since the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, believes this is the only way to secure the future of the food supply. She states in 2018: “It now becomes the challenge to produce our food with as few raw materials as possible and therefore less harmful to the environment. To use all products that leave the company as an end product or as a raw material for other links in the cycle. Circular agriculture does justice to nature and also makes a good living. For this vision, we have had many conversations with farmers, horticulturalists and various social organizations. Based on these conversations, I am convinced that we can secure the future of our food supply if we switch to circular agriculture."
This process includes a diet with high-structure and low-protein for the cattle, reduced use of fertilizers, spreading animal manure only above ground and an emphasis on increased soil utilization of nitrogen from animal manure. Business operations are aimed at making optimal use of the company's resources and stocks and making the least possible use of external sources. Consequently, to guarantee the future harvests of the land and to maintain the high quality of the natural ecosystems. De Leeuw Hides, as a Dutch based country, is proud of this Dutch policy and believes this agricultural system is the long-term solution to secure our food supply (chain) and to secure the fertility of our lands.