A pig housing unit at ground level and a tomato greenhouse on the first floor. This sounds like nonsense, but it may become a reality in the not-too-distant future. Learn about the ground-breaking project called “Pig City” which is based on the Cradle-to-Cradle concept.
The vision is to develop a modern and energy-efficient production method with respect for animals as well as the environment and climate. Pig City is sustainable, industrial agricultural production on a large scale. The pig housing unit at the ground floor extends to 16,000 m2 and to this must be added an abattoir and a zero energy environmental facility. Slurry and abattoir waste are waste products, but in gasified form they can be used to power a turbine which generates electricity. The by-product can be used to fertilise the tomato plants on the ground floor or sold as fertiliser. This solution is based on the Cradle-to-Cradle concept where waste is regarded as a resource.
The core competencies of AgroTech are in the fields of environmental engineering and livestock production, and we put our expertise in these fields into practice in the project.
The five focus areas of the project are:
- Global environment. Significant reduction of CO2 emissions. Zero-energy greenhouse by use of waste products.
- Architecture. Creation of simple buildings that are integrated into their natural surrounding and open to the public.
- Animal welfare. Increase in pig welfare due to spacious housing and an on-farm abattoir, avoiding transportation of the animals.
- Working Environment. Reduction in dust and ammonia concentrations in the air by means of a new ventilation system.
- Immediate environment. Development of a zero emission, hermetically sealed environmental facility and a biological air purification system to ensure an almost odour-free pig production.
Pig City is a sound proposal for the f