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Cutting-edge tech made this tiny country a major exporter of food

By Kadir van Lohuizen and Laura Reiley

21 Nov 2022 · 11 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post looks into the impressive work The Netherlands is doing to produce twice as much food using half as many resources, thanks to pioneering technology.

The rallying cry in the Netherlands started two decades ago, as concern mounted about its ability to feed its 17 million people: Produce twice as much food using half as many resources.

The country, which is a bit bigger than the state of Maryland, not only accomplished this feat but also has become the world's second largest exporter of agricultural products by value behind the United States. Perhaps even more significant in the face of a warming planet: It is among the largest exporters of agricultural and food technology. The Dutch have pioneered cell-cultured meat, vertical farming, seed technology and robotics in milking and harvesting - spearheading innovations that focus on decreased water usage as well as reduced carbon and methane emissions.

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