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The tiny Netherlands has become an agricultural powerhouse - the second largest global exporter of food by dollar value after the U.S. - with only a fraction of the land available to other countries.

Harvesting impressive yields

Over the past three decades, the Dutch tomato industry has become the world's leader in yield, producing more tomatoes per square mile than anywhere else in the world.


Global tomato yields comparison by country

Global tomato yields comparison various countries
Image by: Treat, Jason/National Geographic Creative

Doing more with less

Utilizing innovations on a large scale, like hydroponic farming - growing plants without soil in nutrient-rich solutions - reduces runoff, saving both water and money.

Total water footprint of tomato production
Gallons per pound 2010

Total water footprint of tomato production
Jason Treat, NGM staff, Kelsey Nowakowsky. sources FAOSTAT; Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente; Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Growing under glass

Jason Treat, NGM staff, Kelsey Nowakowsky. sources FAOSTAT; Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente; Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Jason Treat, NGM staff, Kelsey Nowakowsky. sources FAOSTAT; Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente; Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
Jason Treat, NGM staff, Kelsey Nowakowsky. sources FAOSTAT; Arjen Hoekstra, University of Twente; Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Dutch horticulture relies heavily on greenhouses, allowing farmers to closely control growing conditions and use fewer resources like water and fertilizer.

Use all space available in this tiny country

A farm atop a former factory in The Hague produces vegetables and fish in a self-sustaining loop: Fish waste fertilizes plants, which filter the water for the fish. Local restaurants proudly offer the veggies and "city swimmers."

The Hague: A green house on top of a factory
Image by: Luca Locatelli/National Geographic Creative

How has it achieved this? By using the world's most efficient agricultural technologies.


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