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This Small Country Is Using Sustainable Agriculture To Feed The World

By Aimee Lutkin

An in-depth article from National Geographic is drawing attention to how the Netherlands is addressing fears of an oncoming food crisis across the planet by investing in their motto “twice as much food using half as many resources" which has been motivating the Dutch agricultural movement since 2000.

The Netherlands is the number two exporter of food as measured by value in the entire world, coming in second to the United States. The U.S. has 270 times the landmass. How have they been done it? For one, 80 percent of their cultivated land is contained in greenhouses, which makes every "field" into its own little eco-system where every aspect is controlled, contained, and used to the best of its ability. Farmers are now agricultural scientists, monitoring soil health, air, and yields with drones and monitors as though farming on a futuristic spaceship.

Ernst van den Ende, managing director of Wageningen University & Research’s Plant Sciences Group (which spearheads much of the food science developing in the nation), explained to National Geographic how the structures in place now save enormous amounts of water for every crop rotation, which is a huge issue. But it's not the one agriculturalists should necessarily be focusing on.