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Cutting-edge tech made tiny Netherlands a major exporter of food
By Curt_Anderson
November 21, 2022 4:20 pm
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This seems like something California and other drought-prone agricultural regions should study.

(WaPo)The Netherlands produces 4 million cows, 13 million pigs and 104 million chickens annually and is Europe’s biggest meat exporter. But it also provides vegetables to much of Western Europe. The country has nearly 24,000 acres — almost twice the size of Manhattan — of crops growing in greenhouses. These greenhouses, with less fertilizer and water, can grow in a single acre what would take 10 acres of traditional dirt farming to achieve. Dutch farms use only a half-gallon of water to grow about a pound of tomatoes, while the global average is more than 28 gallons.

More than half of the land in the Netherlands is used for agriculture. The Dutch often say their singular focus on food production is born of the harrowing famine the country experienced during World War II. But it could be argued that the preoccupation with food began in the 17th century, when the Dutch were at the center of the global spice trade.


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  1. by oldedude on November 21, 2022 4:52 pm
    And all these kudos, and their government wants to reduce the amount of animals by about 30%.

    Netherlands announces €25bn plan to radically reduce livestock numbers
    The end result is expected to be close to a one-third reduction in the numbers of pigs, cows and chickens in the country.

    “We don’t have to feed the world, but we could show how to do it in a more sustainable way,” said organic dairy farmer Jaring Brunia, from Friesland in the north of the country.

    The Dutch government has unveiled a €25bn (£21bn) plan to radically reduce the number of livestock in the country as it struggles to contain an overload of animal manure.

    A deal to buy out farmers to try to reduce levels of nitrogen pollution in the country had been mooted for some time, and was finally confirmed after the agreement of a new coalition government in the Netherlands earlier this week.

    But the plan, the first of its kind in the world, faces a huge backlash from farmers who have staged big street protests in recent years over the prospect of tough regulation and farmer buyouts. They fear permanent damage to food production in the country if too many farmers are forced to quit.

    theguardian.com


  2. by Donna on November 22, 2022 8:05 am

    Interesting, Curt. I had no idea. I predict that by 2050, probably sooner, traditional dirt farming will for all intents and purposes be a thing of the past.


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