For Steven Beckers, food production in the city is the solution rather than the problem. At the heart of Brussels, on the rooftop of the Foodmet food hall spanning 4,000sq m in Anderlecht, he has set up an ultra-modern farm that operates on the principle of aquaponics, a process that actually dates back to the Aztecs and ancient China.
An agricultural project in line with the principles of the circular economy
A renowned Belgian architect, Beckers has become one of the main champions of the circular economy and a trailblazer in urban agriculture across Belgium. Indeed, the circular economy forms the nub of the BIGH Farm project. The heat emitted by Foodmet's fridges is recovered using a pump system which in turn heats the greenhouses.
The vast majority of the electricity consumed in this process is provided by photovoltaic panels. The plants are irrigated in a closed circuit using water from ponds where fish are bred. This filtered water contains key nutrients for plants. Finally, the pollination of the plants is ensured thanks to rooftop beehives.
Benefitting local populations