How the Dutch Use Architecture to Feed the World
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Dutch agriculture is defined by vast landscapes of greenhouses. Some are covering 175 acres.
In the Westland region, greenhouses fill the voids between cities, suburbs, and industrial plants.
Tech-savvy farmers use hydroponic systems and geothermal energy to produce high yields using limited resources.
Due to a controlled indoor environment, Dutch greenhouses use 1:1 gallons of water per pound of tomatoes produced, compared to the 25.6-gallon global average.
In the early 2000s, the Dutch made a national commitment to a new form of sustainable agriculture that uses no chemical pesticides and has seen a reduction of antibiotics by 60%.
With new techniques and understanding to feed ever-increasing urban populations, the Netherlands will move further away from the natural, and more towards artificial, industrial, and controlled.
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