The village that feeds itself


The full article by Harald Franzen was originally written for Deutsche Welle

The first thing you will notice as you approach the small settlement on the outskirts of Amsterdam, is glass. There will be a lot of it. It will encase all the homes, like a protective cocoon that provides warmth and shelter from the elements. The hamlet’s food production units (calling them greenhouses would fall far short) will have a glass shell as well. That’s because the ReGen Village strives to make the best possible use of all resources and to be completely self-sufficient, a model for the village of the future.
That autonomy will go far beyond just generating electricity and heat, which has been done successfully in many other settlements. The little community will also feed itself, growing all its food within the confines of the glass walls. But why go through all the trouble?
“Today we spend 40 percent of the surface of our continents producing food,” explains Sinus Lynge, co-founder of Danish architectural firm EFFEKT, which designed the village. “Food production is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, the biggest driver of deforestation and responsible for 70 percent of our global freshwater consumption. We ship our food from one end of the world to another just to waste 30 percent of the total production before consumption.”

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The village that feeds itself