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Spoiling the senses: an eye on the environment

More and more companies are paying extra attention to people, the environment and society. The overarching goal is to maximize the contribution to sustainable development. Read along and be inspired by these innovative developments. 

Online editor: Natasha Hendriks

Floating Farm

More and more people live in the big cities. So it seemed only logical to Peter van Wingerden to bring dairy production as close to the consumer as possible. This saves on transport and therefore pollution and taxes on infrastructure. And since 70 percent of the earth's surface is water, he came up with the Floating Farm: the world's first floating, self-sufficient farm, in Rotterdam's Merwe-Vierhavens. Priorities are: animal welfare, environmental awareness, sustainability, innovation and circularity (a large part of the cows' diet consists of organic residual flows from the city). Producing healthy food in cities, close to the consumer. Because according to Van Wingerden, Urban Food is the future.

Cinema Ecologica

The climate crisis is raging in full force, something must be done. Can cinema play a role in this? Eye Film Museum organizes the Cinema Ecologica program, in which it shows how film directors have depicted the relationship between people and the earth. From nail-biting disaster film to artistic meditation, from romantic nature experience to astonishing science fiction prediction. Cinema Ecologica asks how fiction can increase our environmental awareness of the consequences of the Anthropocene - the era in which humans have manipulated the Earth in an environmentally destructive manner. With films by directors such as Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water), Lars von Trier (Epidemic), Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Homo Sapiens) and Terrence Malik (Tree of Life), Eye offers a range of perspectives on a current theme: how do we give ourselves? life on earth form? Cinema Ecologica: April 21 to 29; August 26 to September 1; November 4 to 10. Continued in 2022.


Chef Dan Hunter was looking for a place near Melbourne where he could grow his own ingredients, close to the sea and easily accessible. It took him four years to find it, in the town of Birregurra. It is a place that is all about interaction with nature. With a beautiful view over the estate with trees, olives, berries and vegetables. He wants to enter into dialogue about ethics and honesty, about taste and hospitality. “We do not do this verbally, but through the way we work. It's a visual dialogue,” Hunter said. Brae, which is one of the hundred best restaurants in the world, practices regenerative agriculture, an agriculture that heals instead of consuming the soil, and is also environmentally conscious. By default, they leave at least 20 percent of the garden to rest. Residual waste is spread on the land, only to be replanted four or five months later. It works like compost. Even the ashes from the fireplace are added. The accommodation runs entirely on solar energy. Everything is organic. And the food that is not used goes to the chickens. Pure sustainability on your plate!

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