The Metropolitan Footprint Tool (MFT) allows the spatial allocation of food groups on the basis of regional demand figures deriving from food consumption census data compiled by the EFSA (2011). The demand figures are been projected against the actual metropolitan land use, making use of land use data (HSMU). Making use of the digital Map-table technology, stakeholders can engage in ‘serious gaming’ exercises and develop scenarios for increasing the supply with regional food for the 8 food groups. For playing the game, the European Landscape Typology (LANMAP) allows stakeholders to use landscape ecological references when proposing land use changes. Building upon the classical market-centred von Thünen (1826) model, we also offer a concept of metropolitan zones. MFT allows the different parties to benefit from the project’s knowledge brokerage capacities in order to commonly develop visions for a sustainable future. Taking the city’s ambitions as a starting point.
Why the innovation was developed
Rotterdam is facing major challenges: • Achieving sustainability in terms of social, economic and environment; • Facilitating the transfer to a knowledge-based processing industry; • Providing a high degree of rural-urban integration and livable landscapes; • Innovating the social, technical andgovernance aspects of food by introducing new (cluster) services.
Producing sufficient, high quality food while preserving soil organic biodiversity, using less fertilizer, water, and fossil fuel energy reducing the environmental and climate impact – while maintaining a high quality of life and a highly competitive economy, are key assets for metropolitan regions all over the world. A wealth of relevant knowledge regarding Rotterdam’s agro-food sector is available but not always accessible in industry, farming, science and public services.
Enhance transparency, Improve access, Improve effectiveness, Improve efficiency, Improve social equity, Improve user satisfaction, Increase citizen engagement, Support economic growth
Central to the innovation of food chains is to substantially improve resource use efficiency of energy, water, nutrients and space.
One of the proposed measures is the development of socalledMetropolitan Food Clusters (MFCs) that can provide this food system innovation at different levels, namely by horizontal integration of biomass recycling from non-farm origins, the better use of biomass streams offf-arm (e.g. in bio-refineries as well as vertical integration of the food chain in terms of time and space.
For the case of Rotterdam we developed two examples: 1. Making dairy food chains more sustainable 2. Guide regional product marketing
Academia, Businesses, Civil Society, General population, Government staff, Students
Existing similar practices
Urban Footprint ToolIn my own organisationWageningen UR
The Urban Foodprint Tool is also producing global hectare figures based on urban food consumption, but does not have a spatial component: it only produces statistical figures (ha demands).