Live blogging at European Eemland Conference (2)

(About live blogging Here are some notes from the European Eemland Conference. The usual disclaimers for life blogging apply: these are just some notes of one individual, not a representation of “The Thruth”. If others will share with us their notes, a mosaical, multi-perspective “social report” will grow. This “stream of impressions” is nice for those who are not with us, to get an idiea of what has been going on, as well as a shared “product” which we co-create from the conference. Anyone can join, just tag blogposts, photos, with “guusnet” or ask for a login in for this Guus’ blog and become an author).

Jan Willem van de Schans’ presentation on Wednesday afternoon

“Von Thunen revisited”

when he started work: the feeling was: we pay too much for agriculture, best to move it to developing countries

competing claims for space

70.000 ha of farmland converted to other uses: recreational, nature


cities are becoming increasingly aware of sound food policies

city food strategy: closer-by food production
eg London and Toronto
in city planning they want to re-introduce food production planning

food as a public responsibility
Amsterdam also wants to reconnect with farmers

food policy in Europe has become a supra national affair, but needs to be localized again

cities, local regions, are reconnecting

Quality of life
Three cities, Boxtel, Oisterwijk and Best. They wanted to attract knowledge workers who want excellent quality of life and recreational facilities. so they introduced in their regional planning  quality of landscape; nature as well as farmland.

Food miles
Oil production has peaked already, so our footprint is becoming important. Super markets are picking up on this and show foodmiles.

circular city maps with city and surrounding country side (perishable products near the cities, livestock for meat a bit further, arable crops in the periphery)
central city
the Von Thunen model
country side
but the rules and conditions of the Von Thunen model have changed

eg. LCA life cycle analysis shows, it is better to grow roses in Kenya than in NL (the transport is bad, but energy during growing cycle is much lower)

closing the natural circles
if you close the natural circles, (not only food miles, but also manure miles etc)
local is not good just because of food miles, but also to close local cycles

food security
this was deemed ridiculous for our wealthy country to be concerned about food security, but history has shown: in the long food chains there are some risks: export bans etc
so local food security becomes more important
urban agriculture
farming and the city are a natural combination
farmers could grab the chance to teach their skills to those urban people who want to do it.

(so the farmer joins the traffic jams to work in the city?, we are listening to a plea for agric in the city and hosting city people for anything but agriculture  in the rural area?????)

park  on top of parking

an edible park; a farm or garden rather than a park
real estate

“Food sovereignty”

people want to reclaim control over food

urban food system planning
-farming as positive rather than negative externality (move them closer and make food prod  a real issue in town and city planning)
-think in terms of mixed functions (eg happy shrimp farm, tropical shrimp in R’dam area)

Urban rather than rural re-vitalization
focus on the real demand of cities rather than trying to make good use of whatever happens to be redundant in rural areas
focus on middle and lower incomes
consider ethnic variety as opportunity (turkish yoghurt procuced in the green hart

some examples:
spin farming

Farmers have something to offer
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