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Gray boxes versus a Food Park: With Natasha Hulst

The Municipality of Amsterdam is planning to make a big distribution center at the Lutkemeerpolder in Osdorp. The gray boxes are popping up in our landscape. Choosing for the development of distribution centres means choosing for the old economy, on steroids, according to Natasha Hulst. She's one of the initiators of Food Park Amsterdam.

The old economy and gray boxes foster a consumer society with globalised chains with bad working conditions for workers. In short: it's all that we would like to get rid of, when one considers climate justice for future generations and social justice in the present.

A conversation with Natasha Hulst on the green alternative: Food Park Amsterdam. Where city famers grow vegetables for the city; and where everyone can take a look to learn, relax and gather food; includign free distribution points for local residents. 

Listen to episode 6 of the Planet B podcast (NL) below, in Pocket Casts, on Spotify or Apple Music.


  • For more info on Food Park Amsterdam, go to:
  • Next to being one of the founders of Food Park Amsterdam, Natasha Hulst is programme director of European Land Commons at the Schumacher Center for New Economics.
  • Nice news: the upcoming time, Waag Futurelab will develop a commons-based governance model for Food Park Amsterdam.
  • Natasha refers to the first Fris Supermarket in Amsterdam New-West, a social supermarket where people with a smaller income can do their daily grocery shopping for free. It's an initiative from Abdelhamid Idrissi, who is Professor of Practice (HvA), next to Marleen Stikker and Kate Raworth. We will talk to him in the next planet B episode!

By: Tonya Sudiono and Gijs Boerwinkel
Editing: Bouwe van der Molen
Jingle: Milan Breukers