Artists at the Netherlands Pavilion, Culture|

Food for Thought

For the first time here at the Expo 2020 Dubai, Kadir van Lohuizen is showing some images from his new comprehensive documentary project about the food landscape in the Netherlands. How can such a small country be the second largest food exporter in the world? In this work he focuses on the advanced horticulture in the Netherlands with its high tech production produce.

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Gitzels Plant Nursery is rooted in the Dutch Seed Valley, now an international supplier of young plants for vegetable growers and seed companies. Gitzels grows these plants passionately in 12 hectares of highly innovative greenhouses.


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Koppert Cress is located in the Westland in the Netherlands and grows freshly-sprouted seedlings (cresses) and other edible leaves and flowers (specialties) from 100% natural aromatic plants all grown in highly innovative greenhouses. Illuminated by LED grows perfectly, the quality is better and the outburst decreases it intensifies the flavour, aroma and presentation


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Enza is among one of the biggest vegetable breeding companies in the world. They can grow their vegetable crops under controlled conditions by giving them all the goodies they need to grow and thrive as a tiny onion, fennel of cabbage plant. In this way, they always have available plant material to do their research and provide seeds to the world market.


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Agrocare is one of the leading tomato producers in Europe. Their newest hightech greenhouses are 141 hectares and located at Agriport A7. Other locations are in Tunisia, Morocco and France with a total production of 80 million kilos of tomatoes per year. 

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Greenhouses from Gitzels in the province of North-Holland. In the Netherlands the total surface of greenhouses is 10,000 hectares.


About the exhibition

The effects of the climate crisis are the subject of Kadir van Lohuizen’s photo series Rising Tide. Van Lohuizen travelled to Greenland, Miami, New York, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Fiji, Jakarta, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Panama and the UK to talk to and portray coastal dwellers, as well as the policy makers trying to protect their living environment. Rising Tide presents the human stories behind the data on melting ice sheets, salinisation of agricultural land and disappearing islands.

COVID-19 travel restrictions forced Van Lohuizen to stay closer to home for his most recent project. It focuses on food production in the Netherlands, which, despite its modest size and high population density, is the world’s second largest agricultural exporter. Dutch agriculture is heavily automated and industrialised. Zero-grazing livestock farming, vertical vegetable cultivation, aquaponic fish farming and other innovations have greatly increased the yield per hectare. However, these industrial production methods also have ecological and public health drawbacks.

The recent zoonotic pandemic has really driven home the disastrous effects of human interference in ecology. This is why Van Lohuizen, who started out reporting on civil wars and other armed conflicts, has concentrated on environmental issues in recent years. It’s not a war between humans that will be the end of us, but rather the war between humans and nature.

Photo credits: Kadir van Lohuizen, Stanley Green – NOOR

About the artist

Kadir van Lohuizen documents the impact of human activity on our planet and its climate. Innovative methods of food production methods can either provide part of the solution or exacerbate the problems.

Soviet scientists appear to have used the term Anthropocene back in the 1960s. Ecologist Eugene Stoermer is widely credited for introducing it in the West, where it was popularised in 2000 by atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen. Although not officially recognised as a geological era, the Anthropocene is a suitable descriptor for the last century or so, in which human activity – industry, mining, logging, construction and transport – has permanently and noticeably altered the Earth’s surface, ecology and even climate.

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