Louis Bolk Institute

The Louis Bolk Institute is an independent international knowledge institute to advance truly sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health. With practice-oriented research and advice we have contributed to the healthy humans, animals, plants and soils, for more than 35 years. Our observations, analyses and actions are based on the idea that processes and entities can only be understood in the context of interrelationships. This systems approach means that, rather than fixing seemingly isolated problems with partial solutions, we look at research questions in their proper context. This enables us to find comprehensive solutions that work in practice.

Firmly rooted in practice

Our principal clients include the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, the European Commission, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, provincial governments, water boards, nature conservation organisations, foundations, knowledge centres for e.g. Integrative Medicine and agro businesses, such as Heineken. They value our comprehensive vision of sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health, and our ability to come up with system-level solutions.

The Louis Bolk Institute stands for:

  • Pioneering research: We do inventive, innovative and sometimes ground-breaking research.
  • Evidence based results: We use scientific methods and deliver tangible results.
  • Coherent methodology: We follow a systems approach.
  • Applicable knowledge and solutions: We offer practical solutions that can be directly implemented by our target groups

Our company profile

We are a mid-sized organisation for research and advice, founded in 1976 and based in Driebergen, the Netherlands. Our scope is the entire food system, from soils, crops and livestock production to nutrition, health and health care. Our expertise includes among others organic plant breeding, agro biodiversity, sustainable soil management, animal welfare, nutrition and integrative medicine. Working closely together with farmers and health practitioners, we actively and effectively pass on our research findings, for example through farmers networks, publications, networks and presentations at congresses. For an overview of our main projects, please visit www.louisbolk.org/projects.