Pig City

The Netherlands

Is it possible to combine organic farming with a further concentration of the production activities so that there is enough space for other activities? Is it possible to compact all the pig production within concentrated farms, therefore avoiding unnecessary transportation and distribution, and thereby reducing the spread of diseases? Can we, through concentrated farming, create the economical critical mass to allow for a communal slaughterhouse, a self-sufficient fertiliser recycler, and a central food core, so as to solve the various problems found in the pig-industry?

Pig City proposes 44 Pig Towers which would produce enough pork to maintain the present export levels from The Netherlands. These towers would take up just over 5 percent of Dutch land area, when taking the surrounding reed fields into account. To minimise transportation, the towers would be positioned near a harbor.

Each tower could feed half a million people, so 31 Pig Towers would be needed to supply the Dutch population with sufficient meat. Ten of these towers would be positioned inside the so-called Green Heart - an agricultural area within the urban agglomeration of the Western Netherlands. The remaining 20 towers could be distributed more or less equally throughout the rest of The Netherlands.

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