The world’s first floating farm is currently moored at Rotterdam’s port, with tens of cows aboard.
It’s been there since 2019, when husband and wife Peter and Minke van Wingerden decided to create a farm that could withstand the impacts of climate change – in particular, flooding.
The idea for a floating farm came to the couple after Peter, an engineer, experienced the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York, where he was working on a floating housing project.
The thousands of food trucks which bring fresh products to New York every day could no longer come into the city, and New Yorkers ran out of fresh food “within days”, according to the couple.
The duo started investigating a solution for cities reliant on long food supply chains and vulnerable to extreme weather exacerbated by climate change

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