The food we consume in today’s globalized society is produced all over the world and often transported over long distances. Such an economically efficient food production and distribution system offers a variety of food products year around. However, the complexity of the current system, which uncouples production, consumption and the long-distance transport of food, has raised concerns about its impact on society and on the environment.

In reaction, a trend for city-based solutions and localized food systems based on less complex and shorter supply chains has evolved. The alternative solutions function at an urban or peri-urban scale and is expected to reconnect production and consumption leading to healthier food consumption patterns, lower carbon emissions and food waste.

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Floriade Dialogue Summit Wrap-up

Metropolitan Food Systems

How do we build green cities with healthy food for all? This question brought people from all over the world together at the Floriade Dialogues Summit on March 28th in Almere. An inspirational day full of talks and discussions about the future of food.

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Flevo Campus

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.

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"Feeding the city" available in English

Metropolitan Food Systems

After the publication of the essay book 'De buik van de stad' last December in Dutch, the English translation 'Feeding the city: Farming and the future of food' is now available. Here you will find a free downloadable version.

In Milan, The Urban Food Policy Pact was signed in 2015 by 179 cities from all over the world including Amsterdam and Almere and it demonstrates that city governments are aware of the power of bottom-up innovation in this challenge. Almere’s city council initiated the Flevo Campus and thereby invests in a shift towards more regionally oriented food systems.

To date evidence-based insight is lacking to paint a clearer picture of land use planning, economic benefits, ecological footprint, the socio-cultural fabric and health of the urban population. There is little evidence-based understanding of what is required for such a shift towards more regional food systems in the Metropolitan region of Amsterdam. Policymakers are thus left with insufficient data to support their first/basic interventions and to make progress on the promises of the Pact

Vertical farming

AMS Institute's contribution

The central focus of the urban challenge around Metropolitan Food Systems is to explore whether a modern city region is capable of producing one fifth of the food consumed by its citizens. In AMS Institute’s program, three basic aspects of the food supply chain are tackled: 1) the urban food production, 2) the local-to-local food distribution and 3) the diet of urban consumers. The results of these investigations are used in research that employs design-scenario-building and evaluation thereof.

The scientific literature on regional urban food systems is scarce and fragmented. AMS Institute envisages scientific/technological breakthroughs in the following areas: 1) mapping urban food systems comprehensively to gain knowledge of the accessibility and practical applicability of data, 2) focusing on regional scale to generate insights on new food system that connect the adverse paradigms of the ecological and technical-agro sciences 3) global research to support the goal of “one fifth of your food from your own city” achieved in an interdisciplinary and integrated way to also create innovative transition knowledge.

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA), and particularly Almere being the hinge between the rural production area of Flevoland and the AMA, are our areas of focus for research on regionally oriented urban food systems. Our research activities in Almere are embedded in the Flevo Campus partnership.

More about our research on this topic

One of the first projects of AMS Institute, ” The Future of Amstelland”, included mutual agreements between farmers and restaurant owners about local products on the menu in restaurants in Amsterdam. In the evidence-based food system design project, AMS Institute created a unique, accurate and up-to-date picture of (potential for) food production, the food footprint, food supply chain actors and food logistics flows in the AMA through the use of smart data. The project “Eat Your City” (Eet je stad) sought to explore the potential of edible products that grow naturally in Almere’s urban setting. Findings from both projects were combined and served a series of designs for a project in the development area Bijlmer Bajes and are part of an international student challenge titled “Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse”.

“It is a nice challenge to connect urban issues and stakeholders to scientific expertise and researchers so that society will truly benefit from joint research projects”

Henk Wolfert

Program Manager Research & Valorization

Wider Impact

AMS Institute, who is a partner of the Flevo Campus, recently submitted on behalf of the Flevo Campus consortium a proposal to the NWO ORC (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research program “Research along Routes by Consortia”) in order to give its research program a boost. The research team that focuses on this challenge also aims to expand its network by connecting to research and development activities of the larger food companies in and around Amsterdam.

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"Feeding the city" available in English

Metropolitan Food Systems

After the publication of the essay book 'De buik van de stad' last December in Dutch, the English translation 'Feeding the city: Farming and the future of food' is now available. Here you will find a free downloadable version.

Event

Flevo Campus Summer School

Metropolitan Food Systems

27 - 30 Aug

This summer the Flevo Campus Summer School 2019 takes place 27 - 30 August. During this four-day program you will learn more about food and agriculture in and around Almere and Flevoland.

News

Floriade Dialogue Summit Wrap-up

Metropolitan Food Systems

How do we build green cities with healthy food for all? This question brought people from all over the world together at the Floriade Dialogues Summit on March 28th in Almere. An inspirational day full of talks and discussions about the future of food.

News

Floriade Dialogue Summit Wrap-up

Metropolitan Food Systems

How do we build green cities with healthy food for all? This question brought people from all over the world together at the Floriade Dialogues Summit on March 28th in Almere. An inspirational day full of talks and discussions about the future of food.

Project

Bijlmerbajes Vertical Urban Farming

Metropolitan Food Systems

Innovation is evident when a former prison building turns into a site for students experimenting on urban agriculture. The vertical farming project is part of a neighborhood testbed and serves as inspiration for sustainable urban food production.

Project

Evidence Based Food System Design

Metropolitan Food Systems

Feeding people in a growing metropolitan city challenges the production, supply, consumption and removal of food. This project uses data to outline scenarios and integrate the flow of food added to the growing evidence for future food systems.

Project

Eat your city

Metropolitan Food Systems

Three areas in Almere were sampled to explore if naturally growing products can feed people. Research answered whether online libraries listing the occurrences of animals and plants were reliable and how citizens may contribute to local food systems.

Project

Eat your city

Metropolitan Food Systems

Three areas in Almere were sampled to explore if naturally growing products can feed people. Research answered whether online libraries listing the occurrences of animals and plants were reliable and how citizens may contribute to local food systems.

Project

Flevo Campus

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.

News

"Feeding the city" available in English

Metropolitan Food Systems

After the publication of the essay book 'De buik van de stad' last December in Dutch, the English translation 'Feeding the city: Farming and the future of food' is now available. Here you will find a free downloadable version.

News

"Feeding the city" available in English

Metropolitan Food Systems

After the publication of the essay book 'De buik van de stad' last December in Dutch, the English translation 'Feeding the city: Farming and the future of food' is now available. Here you will find a free downloadable version.

Event

Flevo Campus Summer School

Metropolitan Food Systems

27 - 30 Aug

This summer the Flevo Campus Summer School 2019 takes place 27 - 30 August. During this four-day program you will learn more about food and agriculture in and around Almere and Flevoland.

Event

Flevo Campus Summer School

Metropolitan Food Systems

27 - 30 Aug

This summer the Flevo Campus Summer School 2019 takes place 27 - 30 August. During this four-day program you will learn more about food and agriculture in and around Almere and Flevoland.

Event

Flevo Campus Summer School

Metropolitan Food Systems

27 - 30 Aug

This summer the Flevo Campus Summer School 2019 takes place 27 - 30 August. During this four-day program you will learn more about food and agriculture in and around Almere and Flevoland.

Event

Flevo Campus Summer School

Metropolitan Food Systems

27 - 30 Aug

This summer the Flevo Campus Summer School 2019 takes place 27 - 30 August. During this four-day program you will learn more about food and agriculture in and around Almere and Flevoland.

News

Floriade Dialogue Summit Wrap-up

Metropolitan Food Systems

How do we build green cities with healthy food for all? This question brought people from all over the world together at the Floriade Dialogues Summit on March 28th in Almere. An inspirational day full of talks and discussions about the future of food.

Project

Bijlmerbajes Vertical Urban Farming

Metropolitan Food Systems

Innovation is evident when a former prison building turns into a site for students experimenting on urban agriculture. The vertical farming project is part of a neighborhood testbed and serves as inspiration for sustainable urban food production.

News

Floriade Dialogue Summit Wrap-up

Metropolitan Food Systems

How do we build green cities with healthy food for all? This question brought people from all over the world together at the Floriade Dialogues Summit on March 28th in Almere. An inspirational day full of talks and discussions about the future of food.

Project

Bijlmerbajes Vertical Urban Farming

Metropolitan Food Systems

Innovation is evident when a former prison building turns into a site for students experimenting on urban agriculture. The vertical farming project is part of a neighborhood testbed and serves as inspiration for sustainable urban food production.

Project

Evidence Based Food System Design

Metropolitan Food Systems

Feeding people in a growing metropolitan city challenges the production, supply, consumption and removal of food. This project uses data to outline scenarios and integrate the flow of food added to the growing evidence for future food systems.

Project

Evidence Based Food System Design

Metropolitan Food Systems

Feeding people in a growing metropolitan city challenges the production, supply, consumption and removal of food. This project uses data to outline scenarios and integrate the flow of food added to the growing evidence for future food systems.

Project

Evidence Based Food System Design

Metropolitan Food Systems

Feeding people in a growing metropolitan city challenges the production, supply, consumption and removal of food. This project uses data to outline scenarios and integrate the flow of food added to the growing evidence for future food systems.

Project

Evidence Based Food System Design

Metropolitan Food Systems

Feeding people in a growing metropolitan city challenges the production, supply, consumption and removal of food. This project uses data to outline scenarios and integrate the flow of food added to the growing evidence for future food systems.

Project

Eat your city

Metropolitan Food Systems

Three areas in Almere were sampled to explore if naturally growing products can feed people. Research answered whether online libraries listing the occurrences of animals and plants were reliable and how citizens may contribute to local food systems.

Project

Eat your city

Metropolitan Food Systems

Three areas in Almere were sampled to explore if naturally growing products can feed people. Research answered whether online libraries listing the occurrences of animals and plants were reliable and how citizens may contribute to local food systems.

Project

Flevo Campus

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.

Project

Flevo Campus

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.