Super colonies and megacities

To make a long story short: I study super colonies of red wood ants since 1992 . I see many similarities between the ant’s and human society. The structure of ant nests and ant roads are very similar to mind maps, once projected on a map . And more than that! Wood ants inspired me to the vision of living cities (Sustainable, Cradle to Cradle, driven by society), but also a dynamic social media marketing strategy and a dynamic growth model that is both professionally and personally applicable.

In addition, practical knowledge about wood ants very useful for managing and protecting natural areas and help in trouble.

Urban farming

Natural food can be both produced at small urban farms as in large-scale farms. The downside of getting further upscaling is that the physical distance between producer and consumer is increasing, and the product variation is limited. Small-scale urban farming has the disadvantage that quality is less controllable and that there is very little space available in cities Ideally, I see two these currents merge into city farms which have a metropolitan or district-oriented function. Food in the district and for the district. In order to achieve this, a tilt is required to growers, but also for politicians who have to reserve structural urban space for this purpose. Only then will the consumer is willing to move towards a more local and social food. I follow the urban agriculture project ‘Beleg van Venlo´  and the construction of the C2C Venlo city hall.

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  • Learn more about the wood ant project
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