Sustainable food production lies at the nexus of the sustainable development challenge. Land use, water, energy, health, resource use, and biodiversity concerns intersect the requirements for increasing amounts of food the world over. This is affecting our global, national and local economies the world over. It is therefore a key focus point of Except's work. Since 1999 we have researched, developed, and executed a wide variety of innovative food systems.
We work with a wide variety of clients all along the supply chain of food, from resource and production into retail, delivery, and recycling resources. We support clients in Asia, the Middle East, Australia, the America's and Europe with work on new concepts such as vertical agriculture, innovative greenhouses, polycultures, and urban agriculture.
We provide clients that wish to innovate in sustainable food production the following services:
What is the market like? Which business model will work? How can we increase sustainability performance, while also gaining operational benefits? How can we grow food effectively in challenging circumstances?
Which food system is most effective where? How do we design effecitve, attractive and resilient production facilities? What technologies are on the horizon, and what risks are associated with each?
We support projects from their idea down to execution and operation. This includes business model development, managing stakeholders, and supporting funding search.
Except has worked since 1999 on sustainable agriculture projects. The areas of application include:
Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
With its high yields (60 – 90 kg per square meter), and diverse outputs (over 50 crops, two mushroom varieties, chickens, eggs, fish, and honey), even a small Polydome system can provide a richly varied food supply for a large population.
Polydome has been extensively researched by Except and over 12 partners in the industry. Concept overview and technical details are published in a free open source book, downloadable below.
This masterplan transforms downtown Shanghai into a fully sustainable community, in energy, food, water, and jobs, designed for Expo 2013. The plan strategically interweaves sustainable innovation with exciting urban design, and making it run with urban agriculture, sustainable technologies and vertical farms. The result is a valuable and beautiful urban community, an emergent circular economy, and a future-proof investment.
The Shanghai urban master plan demonstrates the Urban Renaissance approach on a specific site adjacent to Nanjing road, incorportating a historic Lilong housing district.
We developed a roadmap of the Dutch meat process sector, production and processing companies and their suppliers, together with DNV. The road map shows opportunities for optimal use of all energy and material flows in the product chain of chicken, pork and beef, and maps their sources. The maps bring insight to all stakeholders involved, and enables decisions on improving entire sections of the production chain at once.
In Rakvere, Estonia, we developed the masterplan for the 671 Ha self-reliant Arkna Eco-Park. The park is built on a historical site tracing back to 1527, and becomes a primary tourist destination in the country, including a Polydome sustainable agriculture system.
We worked with Arkna Eco-Park to build a complete masterplan template for years to come, including its marketing strategy, identity, logos and brochures, closed loop metabolism, food system, event program, and design guidelines.
Serenity Farms is a concept for a sustainable 110ha greenhouse facility for profitable food production in arid climates. The first site is to be located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, under the vision of the Reza Investment Company. It will be the largest sustainable greenhouse operation in the world. The only water it uses is salt water sourced from the red sea, and is powered entirely by the sun. The core of Serenity Farms is a high tech food production solution that provides fresh fruits and vegetables for 170.000 people.