Holland is not exactly a place where there's a lot of space. Maybe that's why the Floating Farm is an invention that had to be given there. The porject claims this is a way to produce meat closer to the consumers, while the cows grows in a more friendly way on this farm. Is there really such a thing?
The project's inventor, Peter Van Wingerden, says the four keys to the project are animal welfare, circularity, sustainability and innovation, all tasks concentrated on a farm that produces healthy food and close to the consumer.
The idea was born in 2012, when Van Wingerden was in New York and realized the power of a hurricane like Sandy to wipe out a city and leave it without supplies.
With that inspiration, some 20 Dutch dairy farmers are betting on sustainable milk production in Rotterdam by putting 35 cows on the world's first floating farm to take advantage of the water, which represents 70 percent of the planet.
4 reasons to build a farm in the water
- The scarcity of land
- Climate change
- The rapid growth of the population concentrated in the big cities
- The long distances between production and consumers
How a farm works on water
The 35 cows float on a 1,300 square metre platform in the Merwedehaven complex on the outskirts of the port of Rotterdam, surrounded by seagoing vessels, port enclosures and waterways.
The farm has three floors: one submerged in water for different uses; on the second floor there is a dairy factory where yogurt is made and milk is treated; and on the top floor, there are cattle feeding outdoors.
This farm uses green technology: the roof collects rainwater that is reused and, on one side of the farm, dozens of solar panels float, supplying the energy needed by the systems that make up the Floating Farm.
The cows are fed with organic waste from local businesses and the manure is processed. There is a green garden on the mainland where the cows can roam freely.
While this may be a step in the in the right direction, it may not eliminate the concern for animal wellbeing.
Factory Farming and Coronavirus
Recent research shows the current wat to produce meat, may lead to future ourbreaks of Coronavirus. As the link betwen factory farming and spread of viruses is undenyable.
While we understand factory farming must change, we cannot expect it to disappear overnight. Hence, we welcome all alternative that strive to improve animal welfare and reduce the impact of factory farming on the environment.