Our farms are designed to closely align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The questions that connect us
How are we going to feed the world in a fair way? How can we do this without exploitation, the exclusion of others, and the needless torture of animals? These are the questions that connect us as farmers.
Words into actions
Our current low food prices are actually paid for elsewhere – by the environment, the animals, the farmers, and our children’s futures. We know it can be better and that’s why we’re turning words into actions at Kipster.
Kipster concept in an eggshell
The first Kipster Farm took us over four years to develop. It was worth it. We can now promise:
Higher standard of animal welfare
No wasting of roosters and spent hens
Farmers receive a fair price for their eggs
No emissions (almost) of fine particles
Beautiful, transparent and open farms
AND THE AWARD GOES TO...
The 12 most important issues we’ve dealt with
1. Animal welfare
Think like a chicken
We see chickens as more than just layers of eggs. They have desires, instincts and feelings. They suffer and enjoy. They’re beings just like us – but then forest birds. They’re not fans of open plains and they hate rain. That’s why we created a natural-like wooded environment with plenty of variety, daylight, fresh air and free-range scurrying space. The park is fenced and netted off to minimize the chance of predators and bird flu.
Kipster does not fund, conduct, or commission any tests on animals.
2. Closed-loop farming
Waste no food
Over 70% of the world’s agricultural land is used for cattle feed. This has an enormous impact on ecosystems, biodiversity and nature. This is why Kipster decided to bypass using agricultural land altogether. Instead, our chickens are fed with a newly developed feed made of residual flows from bakeries and other food producers – and that’s also why we are not organic. Our chicken feed is made of leftovers. As a result, the CO2 footprint of Kipster feed is 50% less than standard chicken feed.
Unique for the Netherlands and beyond
It’s an awkward fact: the same number of laying hens and roosters are born every day. But what happens to the boy chicks? Billions of one-day-old roosters are gassed every year. Since we can’t digest this reality, the brothers of our laying hens are raised raised in friendly homesbefore being sent to a slaughterhouse after 15-17 weeks. As for the spent hens, we make various meat products that are then sold at supermarkets.
4. Carbon neutral
Kipster produces world’s first CO2-neutral eggs. Did you know that chickens that lay white eggs have a 5% lower carbon footprint than those that lay brown eggs? It’s true. (These are the sort of facts we love.)
5. Sustainable egg box
Carbon Neutral Packaging
Sure, it’s fine if your children want to make crafts with our blue boxes. But otherwise, you can just throw them into your paper recycling. The box is certified Carbon Neutral by climatepartner.com.
6. Healthy position farmer
Farmers receive a fair price for their eggs. Consumers then pay a fair price to the supermarket. Since the eggs are packed up on the farm and delivered directly to supermarkets – who also sell our meat products – there are no unnecessary food miles. It’s all super honest and super fresh.
7. Minimum of fine particle emission
Healthy air quality
We reduce fine particle emissions to an absolute minimum. Using techniques also applied in hospitals and garages, we have excellent air quality that’s good for both chickens and farmers.
8. Producing energy
Loads of solar panels
Our solar roofs provide a lot of energy. How much? Please check our annual report. In fact, we don’t use any fossil fuels (another fact we love).
9. Blending with the landscape
Form and function together
At Kipster farms, style meets substance. In fact, they got married and had kids. Whether it’s the modern design of the farm or thelandscapingplan, or how the operational and technical installations are built out-of-sight, we feel good about looking good. We want to fit in.
10. Connecting farmers and consumers
Space for inspiration
On the Kipster Farms we have a special room for visitors, an exhibition area, and educational spaces. Everyone’s welcome. Drop by. Say hi.
11. Flexible & scaleable
The farm is a sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture. The concept can also be applied to more urban settings. Thanks to the modular set-up, farms can be built to accommodate between 3,000 and 120,000 chickens.
Kipster solidifies the Netherlands’ position as an innovator in developing and realizing climate-neutral, sustainable food systems. We show that animal welfare, environmental friendliness and financial feasibility can all scurry around happily together.
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Many thanks to all the organizations that made this possible
Dream. Think. Do
We worked on developing Kipster for over four years. Research from and collaboration with Wageningen University formed the basis for a lot of our thinking and doing.
We also involved the Dutch Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Eurogroup for Animals, ASPCA, Milieudefensie (Dutch environmental organization), Urgenda (sustainability organization) Caring Vets, Caring Farmers, Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society, Global Animal Partnership and numerous other specialist.
We are extremely grateful for everyone’s ideas and cooperation.
As an entrepreneurial and performance-focused executive, Marc has extensive international experience in managing teams and clients in Europe, US and Asia. Marc is pragmatic, keeps the overview and likes to be hands-on.
As a passionate professional Sandra has international experience in sustainable agriculture, sourcing and supply chain engagement, research and development, stakeholder engagement facilitation and environmental impact assessment.
As an experienced professional Bas knows what it takes to make Kipster grow. His objective is to grow together with our suppliers and customer. Bas his personal ambition is to contribute to a better foodsystem.