Sportcentrum Vogelenzang, Rue Chant d'Oiseaux/Vogelenzangstraat 130/132, 1070 Anderlecht
Sun 21 November '21
Guides: Bram Vandemoortel (NL) and Lene De Vrieze (FR)
Towards more Food Land #2
Both local demand and international objectives are at the root of a desired evolution towards shorter food chains. More local food requires more 'Land for Food'. At the same time, the available space for agriculture is under severe pressure due to urbanisation, nature development but also the consequences of climate change such as droughts and floods. The agricultural land around the city is shrinking rapidly, just where demand is highest. Can we turn the tide and create more space for local food production? With whom can we work towards more Food Land? What new types of projects will emerge if we think of the city (periphery) in terms of food issues? And how can citizens themselves contribute to this challenge?
A textbook example for these questions is the green Neerpede, the largest rural area in the Brussels Region. That’s where our walk takes place, our search for good examples that directly or indirectly contribute to more Food Land. We start at the entrance of the Vogelenzangvallei and take you along the experimental fields of BoerenBruxselPaysans, we cross the Vogelzang nature reserve and traverse the Brussels-Flanders border on Herdeweg-Kouter. Then we return along Erasmus Hospital and end at the Kattekasteel, future hub for urban food projects.