Regional Biofarming

year: 2012
size: > 1000 ha
type: research
client: Atelier Rijksbouwmeester
No more animal unfriendly farming. No more desolate pig farming areas. No more low prices and ineffective production. LOLA has done a design research with just three goals: how to drastically improve animal welfare, have a beautiful landscape and a healthy production of meat and eggs. All at the same time.

Both consumers and producers are ready for a new approach to animal faming in the Netherlands. The focus nowadays is more and more on the welfare of animals. Take for instance the star-labels of Dierenbescherming. This new awareness has to be taken seriously and now also offers opportunities for farmers, if they are willing to notice it. New ways to produce pig meat and eggs are taking a flight.

These new ways of thinking and producing are often very small scale and local, and donít make a big impact on the complete chain of production and consumption just yet. LOLA wants to contribute to this impact and researched / designed two new ways to produce biological pig meat and eggs at a regional scale. The first step is to get rid of the present 136 Agriculture Development Areas (Landbouwontwikkelingsgebieden), since their location is often not logical and the last years have proven that these areas donít work. Instead, the proposal is to install 22 sustainable farming regions. Each of these regions produce as local and biological as possible. Generic eggs become Barnevelder eggs, generic pig meat becomes Bonte Bentheimer meat.

For one of these regions, two concepts have been put into practice. One is called Koplopers: a landscape structure of biological farmers estates. These estates host exemplary, innovative biological pig farms in a pleasant, public setting. The other one is called Fijnproevers. It proposes to bring pigs outside again, instead of keeping them in barns. Pigs love to be outside and be social amongst each other. Let them roll in the dirt, let them act out as a group. This is possible, when the farming area is at distance from housing areas, and in areas with a yearly shifting use of grain production, pig farming and nature development. The pigs create a whole new landscape, that is open for visitors.
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming
Failed LOG areas
Protest leads to awareness and improvements
Biological farming and Buitengewone Varkens as the most favorable options
Strategy for Dutch animal farming: 22 farming regions
Strategy for Dutch animal farming: 22 farming regions
LOG Woudenberg plan area
LOG Woudenberg prohibited circles
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming
Fijnproevers strategy
Koplopers: intensive regional biological farming
Koplopers: intensive regional biological farming
Koplopers: intensive regional agricultural farming
Koplopers strategy
Biological Animal Farming booklet
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming
Fijnproevers: extensive regional biological farming