The Brussels Region has set up an action plan to revitalise Anderlecht, a municipality on the outskirts of Brussels. After multiple studies carried out, the FoodMet a food hall emerged in Completed in , the Ferme Abattoir is located on the roofs of the newly designed food hall.
The Abattoir site is famous for, its cellars, its listed market hall, and its lively market attracting over The site hosts the only city centre artisanal slaughterhouse activity in a European capital. Developing the Ferme Abattoir took approximately 1 year with construction starting in , outdoor garden tests in , and the greenhouse and fish farm completed in Full operation of the farm will be reached at the end of The pump is supplemented by a gas heating device providing CO 2 for photosynthesis support during the day as will the main gas heater of the Foodmet, in time. Production capacity depends on varieties, sizes and temperatures. No chemicals or pesticides are used. Growbags by Greenyard are used for tomatoes. They combine soil substrates as structure for the roots while irrigation feeds natural nutrients and fungi increase microbiological activity in the substrate. The tomatoes and growbags are set on suspended channels.
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Welcome to BIGH, our mission is to build a network of sustainable aquaponic urban farms in major cities. Today, more and more people live in urban areas. The need for fresh and safe food increases every day. For cities worldwide, this is a key challenge.
Nowadays increasing numbers of urban farms are appearing. So what is it that makes Ferme Abattoir unique? The fact that this is an aquaponics farm — i. Moreover, the combined farm makes use of the heat expelled from the refrigeration installations at the Anderlecht food market below for its own temperature control system. These are two sustainability aspects that make Ferme Abattoir the perfect advertisement for the circular economy that BNP Paribas Fortis is keen to support. So we keep the transport chains as short as possible, which is of course quite a bit more sustainable. For me the social aspect is essential. We provide jobs here for local people and bring the grower and the consumer a bit closer to each other again. Moreover, we make a considerable saving by re-using the CO2 emissions and heat from the buildings. In theory, this type of project can also be run in the countryside, but then a large part of the circular economy aspect would be lost.