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Hi-tech drives farming in the Netherlands
    2017-September-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A new feature by National Geographic explores why the Netherlands is the world’s No. 2 exporter of food, second to the United States, which has 270 times the landmass of the small European nation.

The images, from the September issue of National Geographic Magazine, show how the Netherlands’ innovative agricultural industry aims to feed the world’s growing population, which is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, up from today’s 7.5 billion.

With innovations such as driverless tractors and drones that measure soil chemistry, water content, and growth, it’s no surprise that the Netherlands is paving the way towards feeding the world.

The driving force behind the country’s vast agricultural output is greenhouses. According to the National Geographic, some of these greenhouses cover more than 175 acres of land.

These high-tech output measures began almost 20 years ago, when the Netherlands made a national commitment to sustainable* agriculture with the goal of producing twice as much food using half as many resources.

And farmers have been keeping up with this goal. Many farmers have reduced their dependence on water by as much as 90 percent and they’ve almost completely ended their use of chemical pesticides* on plants in greenhouses.

Livestock producers are taking heed* too. Since 2009, poultry farmers and livestock producers in the country have cut their use of antibiotics* by as much as 60 percent. Dutch farms also lead in seed production — seeds accounted for US$1.7 billion worth of exports in 2016.(SD-Agencies)

 

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