This tiny nation feeds the world.

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Our farm house and sheep pen.

Have a look!
“One more reason to marvel: The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?”
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/holland-agriculture-sustainable-farming/

32 Responses to “This tiny nation feeds the world.”

  1. DisandDat Says:

    This on top of so many issues and challenges that the Dutch are good at solving including enovation. Here we linger for decades unable and unwilling to decide on the most simple of issues like becoming a republic, denial of global warming while pushing for CLEAN COAL, same sex marriage, The education funding debacle, lack of upkeep of infrastructure, Sydney second airport, treatment of refugees, treatment of aboriginals. Do I need to go on.

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  2. Mary Says:

    I thought I was reading about the US until I got to the part about the Sydney airport. I’m in the US and we are going to be left behind in the world due to our corporate greed, an idiot in the White House and religious fanaticism.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Mary.
      The US and Australia have a lot in common. The rich getting richer and the poor poorer.

      Both countries regularly demonize revenue raising through adequate levels of taxation.

      The results are there for everyone to see. Crumbling infrastructures and poverty.

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  3. GP Cox Says:

    I’ve always admired the Dutch and feel the other nations of Europe should pay better attention and learn from them.

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  4. Robert Parker Says:

    This National Geographic article is the single most hopeful thing I’ve read so far this year. We’ve been impressed by Dutch architects and engineers, and hoping they would resume control of New York City, and make it New Amsterdam again. But I had no idea how advanced their agricultural science is. Very, very impressive.

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  5. urbanliaisons Says:

    Yes very impressive indeed, but I prefer however to buy tomatoes coming here directly out of the region from Brandenburg surrounding my city Berlin & on my local market I even have the possibility to buy the meat of wild animals (wild boars, deer, a.s.o.) directly from a hunting cooperative not far away … products from the technical agriculture mass industry are really not my favourites.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, indeed. But imagine the masses wanting wild boar or deer? The same problems of supply and demand would occur.

      Australia prefers to remain somewhat sleepy and indecisive. Many people like that but I wish sometimes Australia would get National Geographic headlines of innovativeness instead of headlines on how we are so barbaric towards refugees.

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    • DisandDat Says:

      Don’t know about nowadays but we, Australia, used to export wild pigs especially to the Germans. They were doing damage to the Macquarie marshes in NSW but now the cotton industry there is doing the same. I believe some of it has been drained which must affect the natural flora and fauna.

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      • urbanliaisons Says:

        Well here in Berlin the wild pigs are so many – they are even devastating private gardens but hunting in the city forests is usually not allowed in order not to jeopardize the human inhabitants of the town. Doing the right thing is sometimes difficult!

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  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Given the hard working tenacity of the Dutch it doesn’t surprise me.It is an amazing country and people.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Kayti,

      Memories of Holland still linger forever which I sometimes assuage by eating a Dutch herring.
      Home and hearth is what you make.

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    • DisandDat Says:

      And don’t get me wrong, so is Australia great in so many ways. It’s just that it could be so much better. Give the immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers a “fair go”. Also recognise that many of their countries too have high education standards and their peoples too are highly qualified which should be given more recognition. The upper section of the medical profession for example should put their “Closed shop/jobs for the boys” philosophy in the bin.

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  7. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Gerard!
    My great-grandmother was Dutch. I always love learning more about her homeland.
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  8. berlioz1935 Says:

    Absolutely amazing! Australia could learn from that.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, indeed Berlioz.

      Yet, growing food has to be able to withstand economic tides and it does, because no matter what, people have to eat. The demand will only increase with the growth of population. So, really Holland logically supplies this demand by applying hard work and science.

      Australia could ( have done) do the same with another necessity, ‘ solar and wind generation of electricity’ which is also in demand. Sadly they are letting it all slip by to other countries.

      We, in Australia seem unable to take the torch and run with it, steeped in conservatism and forever looking back.

      We have so much free sun!

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      • berlioz1935 Says:

        Yes, Gerard, one could cry. Our governments are devoid of any vision for the country. They only think how to beat the other fellow and how they can please the rich and powerful. We always tell ourselves how wonderful we are. Our PM puts on a leather jacket and thinks he is a great leader. He can’t even convince his cabinet of anything.

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  9. Mary Says:

    I am so surprised to hear Australia is so much like the US in conservatism and stuck in the past. Is New Zealand the same as well?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No, Mary.

      New Zealand has had a couple of progressive Prime Ministers and the general psyche seems to be more forward looking.

      Australia was very progressive in its early days too, introducing pensions, women’s voting rights etc.

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  10. elisabethm Says:

    Just think big 😉

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  11. petspeopleandlife Says:

    This is one of your most informative posts, Gerard. I really liked reading this one. Holland is so more advanced than other countries that it makes the rest of look stupid and yes we are quite backwards in what we are doing as a nation. It is too bad that the US and other countries can not keep up with innovations for food production.

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