tom hegen captures illuminated aerial photographs over promising dutch greenhouses

tom hegen captures illuminated aerial photographs over promising dutch greenhouses

munich based photographer tom hegen captures the impact of human presence on earth through his aerial photography. the ‘greenhouse series’ raises awareness of the global concern regarding farmland and water scarcity. according to the united nations, the world’s population will grow from 7.5 billion people today, to 10 billion by 2050. as natural resources become less available, feeding the world will become an even greater challenge. taken over fields of the netherlands, the photographs show a spread of illuminated greenhouses bathed in yellow and pink hues, drawing light into the sky. 

all images courtesy of tom hagen



researchers in the netherlands are experimenting with ways to efficiently feed more people using less land. the goal is to produce greenhouse crops all year round by maintaining the interior temperature of the greenhouses at above 20 degrees and keeping the humidity around 80%. LED lights — the likes of which are photographed here by tom hagen — are also key components to maintain cultivation, a method that has proven to produce double the amount of plants, such as tomatoes, peppers and strawberries, from outdoor farms.



the dutch have created the most advanced area in the world for controlled agricultural environments and have become world leaders in agricultural innovation. second to the united states, the netherlands is also the number two global exporter of food.



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