How the Dutch Use Architecture to Feed the World
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The Netherlands is the second biggest exporter of agricultural products. Their success is mainly due to architectural innovation to transform the agricultural landscape.
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.
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.
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