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Floating Dutch cow farm aims to curb climate impact

The three-storey glass and steel platform aims to show the “future of breeding”
The three-storey glass and steel platform aims to show the “future of breeding”

THE NETHERLANDS: Among the cranes and containers of the port of Rotterdam is a surreal sight: a herd of cows peacefully feeding on board what calls itself the world’s first floating farm. In the low-lying Netherlands where land is scarce and climate change is a daily threat, the three-storey glass and steel platform aims to show the “future of breeding”.

The buoyant bovines live on the top floor, while their milk is turned into cheese, yoghurt and butter on the middle level, and the cheese is matured at the bottom. “The world is under pressure,” says Minke van Wingerden, 60, who runs the farm with her husband Peter.

“We want the farm to be as durable and self-sufficient as possible.” The cows are a sharp contrast to the huge ships and the smoke from the refineries of Europe’s biggest seaport, which accounts for 13.5 percent of the country’s emissions. With their floating farm, which opened in 2019, Peter and Minke say they wanted to “bring the countryside into the town”, boost consumer awareness and create agricultural space.The Dutch are no strangers to advanced farming methods, using a network of huge greenhouses in particular to become the world’s second biggest agricultural exporter after the United States. But that has come at a cost. - NDTV


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