Luca Locatelli

Italy

Category: multimedia published

Luca Locatelli is an Italian visual story teller, focused on photography and multimedia content. 

His work focuses on the interactions between culture, science and the environment, and revolves around the "making" of the future and the role that sustainable technologies play in it. 

As part of his practice, Locatelli often collaborates with journalists, researchers and specialists in order to further contextualise and enrich his visual research. 

Luca is a National Geographic Magazine photographer and frequently contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, Smithsonian, Stern, Geo France, Geo Germany and Sunday Times Magazine among others. 

His works have been exhibited extensively around the world.

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Hunger Solutions

National Geographic

The planet must produce more food in the next four decades than all farmers in history have harvested over the past 8,000 years.

The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It's bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it's the globe's number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass.

Since 2000, Dutch farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They've almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent. 

Famine could be the 21st century's most urgent problem, and the visionaries working in the Netherlands believe they have found innovative solutions. The wherewithal to stave off catastrophic famine is within reach. This optimism rests on feedback from more than a thousand projects in more than 140 countries and on its formal pacts with governments and universities on six continents to share advances and implement them. 

The Netherlands is interested now to export, more than food, its high tech agro farming systems around the world as a possible counter solution for the hunger crisis which will afflict the planet in the next decades.

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