Floriade Dialogues Summit
During this annual symposium - organized by Floriade and Flevo Campus - policymakers, researchers, students and young professionals gathered to discuss about questions such as: how can we make cities greener and healthier? How do you feed a city and avoid a shortage of food? How do you preserve and manage green areas in a city?

This year the summit took place in Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF), Worldwide examples of greener, healthier and more attractive cities were shared during this summit. With international and renown speakers such as Raj Patel, Charles Mann and Adriaan Geuze. And pitches from cities around the world - from Seoul to Turin and from Detroit to Almere – who participated in panel sessions on global sustainable solutions for healthy urban food supply.

Raj Patel (UK/India), professor and author of Stuffed and Starved

Kicked off with a historical overview of seven things that have made our world what it is today: nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives. The rockstar of food and social justice explained how capitalism, sexism, and racism contributed to our current food system.

Adriaan Geuze (NL), professor Wageningen University & Research

He provided the perspective of a landscape architect. He advocates engagement in food production and green cities, “If we want to feed the city in a healthy and green way, we have to think about vital suburbs, a place where an exchange between farmers and citizens is made possible.”

Charles C. Mann (USA), journalist

Spoke about two ways of feeding cities in the future. The first is in a technological way, meaning an intense land use for a maximum of calories with minimal labor, also called the wizard’s way. The second way is more natural, by giving more attention to the natural ecosystems with networks of smaller-scale farmers: the way of the prophets. Which way will shape our future? That is yet to be decided.

Jan Eelco Jansma (NL), Wageningen University & Research, and AMS Institute

In the afternoon, there were several 'Talks of the Town' pitches, including Oosterwold.

And a site visit to Oosterwold, led by area director Werner Brouwer and Jan Eelco Jansma

They told us all about this new area where citizens are in control: from building their own houses, to roads and sewer systems. And have to use 50% of their land for food production.

A full wrap-up of the day and summary of all speakers can be found on the website of Flevo Campus via this link.

Interested in the relationship between food and cities? Mark your calendar! The next Floriade Dialogue Summit will take place March 26th, 2020.

Scientific Director Arjan van Timmeren wrapped up the day with the vital question, “What can we learn from today, and how can we start the change tomorrow?”

Manifesto ‘Shorter Supply Chains’ by Flevo Campus Think Tank

Every year, Flevo Campus organizes the Think Tank in which 20 students and young professionals from different disciplines within the food sector - from architect to farmer and from caterer to student - focus on a central question. This year the question was: how can we accelerate the movement towards short food chains in the Netherlands? During four intensive Think Tank days, the participants did research, went on an excursion and attended workshops. This ultimately resulted in a joint manifesto: more food from the short chain, in which concrete advice is given to farmers, policymakers, companies and citizens.

Participants of the Flevo Campus Think Tank present their manifesto: 'More food from shorter supply chains'.

During the Floriade Dialogues Summit on Thursday 28 March, this manifesto was presented. To draw attention to this manifesto, participants of the Think Tank deposited 1000 potatoes ‘from far’ and 1000 potatoes from nearby (Flevoland) in the central hall of Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF), where the event took place. The visitors of the Floriade Dialogues Summit were challenged to make a choice: do you opt for cheap potatoes ‘from far’, or for a local Flevo harvest with a slightly larger price tag? You can read about the preference of the Think Tank in the manifesto through this link. (Now only available in Dutch, the English version of the manifest will follow soon!)


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Metropolitan Food Systems

Flevo Campus works on rethinking the urban food system for Almere and how this can lead to a better living environment in growing cities, with more healthy citizens.


Flevo Campus Denktank 2019

Metropolitan Food Systems

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Our food system is complex. We get most of what we eat from far away. Why do we eat green beans from Morocco and potatoes from Spain, while we can also buy our vegetables from the farmer nearby? Why are 'our' tomatoes transported all over the planet?