Why The NETHERLANDS is the World's AGRICULTURE leader? - VisualPolitik EN

  • Published on Jun 27, 2018
  • If we ask you who do you think is the World’s biggest potato exporter, you might answer America or maybe China… Those are big countries, with good soil and favourable climate. But despite all of this, the right answer would be the Netherlands, commonly known as Holland. In fact, they are the biggest food exporter right after the United States.
    This is surprising given that Netherlands is a really small, densely populated, wealthy country. All this features would make a country move away from the primary sector. They almost have no farming land and, having some of the most successful multinational corporations, it is counterintuitive that somebody would choose a job in a farm that one on the corporate world.
    Nonetheless, we can say Netherlands is the Silicon Valley of agriculture. Or, as they like to call themselves, the Food Valley. Thanks to the famous University of Wageningen, this country has combined rocket science with farming.
    But how did Netherlands achieve this success? What are the main keys for Dutch agriculture? What’s the secret of this little country? In this video, we will tell you all of that.
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Comments • 2 852

  • Brandon Le
    Brandon Le 2 days ago

    Djtch is for the studies which are lower than universities

  • Brandon Le
    Brandon Le 2 days ago

    All universities are english...lol

  • Brandon Le
    Brandon Le 2 days ago

    Its waaaageniiiiiingeeen

  • Brandon Le
    Brandon Le 2 days ago

    You meant dikes, not lesbians but dikes, we have dikes and damms, we use deltatechnology to raise the seabottom and drain water out of it, the dikes will then make sure the water stay away, damms are build on land that is already there to prevent a flood

  • Adi Vasile
    Adi Vasile 2 days ago

    They might be producing very much, extremely much, i'm sure they do not produce traditional crops. You should do an episode about how much fertilisator they are usimg per square mile. That should give the answer about the massive quantity produced. "it's highly fertilisator", yes. Just smell a tomato, you'll get the answer about that high quality.

  • Michael O Callaghan
    Michael O Callaghan 4 days ago

    I would like to aquire an anaerobic digester for my business . The correct advice for me is the difference between an expensive mistake or a profitable business decision. very well explained here

  • SnowBoomer
    SnowBoomer 5 days ago

    Seriously, you put in scenes with the pumpkins, which have a GERMAN FLAG over it...

  • K Itch
    K Itch 5 days ago

    All those “discoveries” and “advances” at Wageningen are made in Gelderland, not Holland. Yes, in NL though. 😉🤨

  • RHIC
    RHIC 5 days ago

    Always remember, God created the world, But the Dutch created the Netherlands..!

  • janusz Czaplicki
    janusz Czaplicki 7 days ago +1


    • EvilResident
      EvilResident 5 days ago

      And you Polish criminals should stay away from here.

  • janusz Czaplicki
    janusz Czaplicki 7 days ago


    • EvilResident
      EvilResident 5 days ago

      You should stay away from the Vodka

  • MrMbl100
    MrMbl100 11 days ago

    God created heaven and earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands

  • Brandon Vega
    Brandon Vega 16 days ago

    Quiero el video en Español!!!!!!

  • zues121510
    zues121510 16 days ago

    I didn't google the answer because it was in the title, and I already saw a video about this before, and I regularly watch Visualpolitik which is probably why this one was recommended to me.

  • Juan Batista
    Juan Batista 17 days ago

    1 United States 72,682,349.792
    2 Germany 34,628,800.73
    3 United Kingdom 29,540,218.71
    4 China 25,152,286.27
    5 France 24,114,557.76
    6 Netherlands 23,271,570.93

  • Irakli Kutsia
    Irakli Kutsia 18 days ago

    Great insights thanks!!!

  • Remi andre sydseter
    Remi andre sydseter 21 day ago

    Loves the vidoes keep it up

  • BigBollocks
    BigBollocks 22 days ago

    Simon, sorry I have to unsubscribe because we beat you up and totally dominated you at school. Seriously dude, can you do this thinking of being forced to suck my schlong in the toilet?

  • Edward Garrido
    Edward Garrido 22 days ago

    very impressive however not accurate. Brazil is the world's leading agricultural exporter.

  • Danyel Henrique
    Danyel Henrique 24 days ago +1

    Biggest producer? Really? is Brazil not in the world anymore? I think you meant more productive, which means product per area.

  • N Neichan
    N Neichan 24 days ago

    Cool agriculture video...

  • juan caraballo
    juan caraballo 27 days ago

    El video Original "HOLANDA, ¿La mayor POTENCIA AGRÍCOLA de EUROPA?" en el canal de VisualPolitik en españo esta Bloqueado

  • Melle Leenstra
    Melle Leenstra 29 days ago

    And if anyone is wondering why I am becoming the Dutch Agricultural Counselor in Cairo...

  • The Best Videos
    The Best Videos Month ago

    Engineering mean the Netherlands

  • mixindesix
    mixindesix Month ago +1

    Quick question: what about the taste of all these products, is it good or does it taste like plastic or is it tasteless? It is jist curiosity I just want to know if they are really good products or not. Thanks

    JPR IAD Month ago

    I am a regular listner to the Visual Politika topics of Simon on Economics . Is it possible that the contents which are displayed in the video of Simon can be obtained in the shape of a print out . Please do inform . My email is jpriadcell@gmail.com . Best Regards. Sudhir Tanwar, Delhi, India.

  • Luis Saenz
    Luis Saenz Month ago

    I`m from Argentina, its difficult to understand this. Holand exports 4 times more than Argentina. Japan´s PIB per capita in ereagriculture doubles the argentinian, there`s something wrong in their numbers.

  • Richard Rombouts
    Richard Rombouts Month ago

    Nice video. I am Dutch. If I had not already known we are the biggest exporter of potatoes, my bet would have been on Poland. I see one mistake we Dutch make: exporting our technology to other countries like UAE? That is giving away our technological advantage, the only thing that allows us to compete. This is stupid, we should keep the know how for ourselves. We could still be ethical by making the products affordable in poorer countries. We have a shortage of land and thus we could buy or rent land abroad to scale up, while keeping our knowledge.

  • teleshit official
    teleshit official Month ago +1

    Hey asshole can you stop calling my country Holland! i´ts called the Netherlands Í´m not naming you´re country Welsh or Scottand am i.
    Holland are just 2 provinces. it´s the kingdom of the Netherlands not HOLLAND! UGH!

  • Михаил Ковин

    Ineresting information!

  • AvariceUntied
    AvariceUntied Month ago

    Flowers aren't the same as potatoes. You can't eat tulips.

  • Klierowski
    Klierowski Month ago

    Maybe Nederlands secret is modern slavery? I'm working throught duch "work model" through agencies, duch people allow their companies to cheat, steal and abuse the people working in nederlands, you won't believe what is happening here and how much Fuck duch gives about their hidden slavery.

  • Cristian Cardenas
    Cristian Cardenas Month ago

    Pueden volverlo a subir en la versión en español??? Gracias

  • elysian fields
    elysian fields Month ago

    When tradesman come to a country, they check out who is control. Historically this was based on the size of largest building in the port. Large church - better be that religion; large castle - better have a relative to the lord. Rotterdam was guild driven so as to accept all religions and all allegiances ( small churches and castles)- merit based trade system dating back to charlemagne.

  • Metal Videos
    Metal Videos Month ago +1

    But the USA uses Glyphosate GMOs and other kind of bullshit. we dont.

  • Robin Baumann
    Robin Baumann Month ago +1

    Since when was airbus in the Netherlands? I think you mean Fokker... that was the aircraft builder in Amsterdam

    • Cl0ckcl0ck
      Cl0ckcl0ck 22 days ago

      It's registered in the Netherlands and its HQ is in Leiden. Nicely in the middle of the UK, France and Germany who are the major shareholders.

  • Vinicius Carvalho
    Vinicius Carvalho Month ago

    I agree that they have the best technologies in agriculture, and provide that to the rest of the world. But they are far from being the second nation on food production. Brazil is probably the second leading nation on that subject.

  • William Palmeiras
    William Palmeiras Month ago

    The video lacks information. Brazil is by far the second producer of food around the world, really close to USA. What I found in mu research is Netherlands is the second exporter in income, since they also export the European Union food as well.

  • Yesid David Paez Porras

    Friends, this video in spanish were deleted? I didn´t find it.

  • Joris Schekkerman
    Joris Schekkerman Month ago +1


  • Wim Schoenmakers
    Wim Schoenmakers Month ago

    So, the other European country's get the money from the EU, and we Dutch are the idiots that pay for our own technology? Who is stupid then?

  • KinDeL
    KinDeL 2 months ago

    Dutch tomatoes taste like watery air

  • Danny Leenards
    Danny Leenards 2 months ago

    We didn’t had to build more land
    We just did it

  • Danny Leenards
    Danny Leenards 2 months ago +4

    How to pis of a Dutch person

    Say the hole video Holland instead of the Netherlands

  • Chris Burger
    Chris Burger 2 months ago

    Holland is the most rich part of the Netherlands. Big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are in Holland.

  • Lissandra Freljord
    Lissandra Freljord 2 months ago +2

    That's amazing. I just saw a video on how the Dutch built 20% of the land in their country through a system of dykes and drainage from mills. A lot of these lands were used for farmland, forests, and cities. Now, I am seeing how they are the leader in agriculture innovation, efficiency, and export. Wow. And I thought the Germans were the engineers of Europe.

    • Cl0ckcl0ck
      Cl0ckcl0ck 22 days ago +1

      Germans build cars, tools and toys, the Dutch build countries. :P

  • Mr Wanwan
    Mr Wanwan 2 months ago

    Wageningen is written with a w, not a v. We. Are. Not. Germans.

  • Nti Fosu Nana
    Nti Fosu Nana 2 months ago

    Wow... never knew these facts, nice.

  • The King
    The King 2 months ago

    why export our technology abroad? effectiverly selling our competitive advantage! did you all forget about the chinese copycats?

  • Robert Rudnik
    Robert Rudnik 2 months ago

    I recommend in my country to label food from such country like Holland to know what to not buy. What is nutritional value of such food? We have only one live on this planet. If I compare the test of tomato, potatoes, or Salad from my backyard - it must be completly different species from the same seeds!

    • Robert Rudnik
      Robert Rudnik 22 days ago

      +Cl0ckcl0ck food should be rich in nutrients - how can you compare wheat from the past 1 t per ha with today >10 t. The same is with everything

    • Cl0ckcl0ck
      Cl0ckcl0ck 22 days ago

      And using less pesticides and water is bad how?

  • Koen Kwakkenbos
    Koen Kwakkenbos 2 months ago

    Horrible unstable, disruptive video editing, it's spread out like butter on too much bread. Shame because it's an interesting topic. Also what's with Belgium flag on the vegetables?

  • monkyarmy Bultsma
    monkyarmy Bultsma 2 months ago

    i always find this pretty funny how in the netherland produces so much it makes me proud of living here. But i do hope other countries will try and do the same and coutnries working togheter for more food and exporting it to countries were food is sparce o food is nog avalaible because of devastation like wars or a civil war.

  • אדיר יוסף
    אדיר יוסף 2 months ago


    YAN LUCAS FRIAS 2 months ago

    Please explain the common agricultural council

  • chocoboasylum
    chocoboasylum 2 months ago +6

    I love how, in general, the Dutch just have a need for innovation and technology.

  • Hugo Bos
    Hugo Bos 2 months ago

    Hey dont say we produce most! We are traders; we import & export alot. I believe we export 80% of our onions, yet the onions we eat ourselves are mostly from countries in eastern europe and counties like Egypt. Weve been traders all of our history! We pretty much invented international trade. Im proud of alot that the Dutch have done, except for the invention of trade in human beings.. Great commercial idea, just the most unethical thing we have ever done.

  • Wobbly Bobbly
    Wobbly Bobbly 2 months ago

    Holland really isnt. It's Spain with "mare del plastico". You confuse agricultural export which includes flowers, with food.

  • wilbroo
    wilbroo 3 months ago

    I'm dutch and kinda knew this, but all of this came with a price.. o_~ Many of our insects species are gone because of this.

  • Niels Kolder
    Niels Kolder 3 months ago


  • Etienne Jansen
    Etienne Jansen 3 months ago

    If the Dutch agricultural techniques are used in the whole world it means the end of hunger and turst. Thereby overpopulation is a myth.

  • Robert Rijkers
    Robert Rijkers 3 months ago +1

    the only thing that rivals our potatoe export is the export in namecorrecting in the commentsection of youtube.....

  • isokessu
    isokessu 3 months ago +1

    Always when I buy vegetables from shop in Finland, everything that comes from the Netherlands is so cheap and for some reason we have lot of their coins here, still I haven't seen any tourists from there so I don't know where the coins come. Anyway, to the point, why is their food so cheap?

  • remco_shoots4u
    remco_shoots4u 3 months ago +1

    God created the world, the Dutch created the Netherlands.

    Alvaro ATAUCHI MASIAS 3 months ago

    What happens with the spanish versión?

  • Marjolein Tomassen
    Marjolein Tomassen 3 months ago

    Why do I see a German pumpkin?

  • Sim Williams
    Sim Williams 3 months ago

    If you have two thousand acres of soybeans infested with corn ear worms you are not going control them a drone

  • Rubenyoranpc
    Rubenyoranpc 3 months ago

    why show German footage of pumpkins in the background?

  • ArchEnema 67
    ArchEnema 67 3 months ago

    Isn't that the place between Frisia and Flanders?

  • Stegiean
    Stegiean 3 months ago

    Please stop calling it Holland. :(

  • SocialHostage
    SocialHostage 3 months ago

    3:46 That's German... 3:50 That's the flag of Belgium. Wow huge pumpkins that I've never seen before because pumpkins are not common in the Netherlands... WTF is going here! The rest is true though, I didn't even know Wageningen was Food Valley!

  • geheimschriver
    geheimschriver 3 months ago

    The Netherlands has been reliant on food imports during its hayday in the 17th century. During WW1 the Netherlands was unable to import sufficient food, and there was a shortage. During WW2 it was even worse. Many people starved because there was not enough domestic food production. After the war there was a drive to ramp up food production. After a few decades, food production became less viable. Policy makers of the time remembered the famine in the later stages of WW2 and decided to invst huge amounts of money in agro-tech.

    • geheimschriver
      geheimschriver 3 months ago

      +Richard Hanjeleer In the spring of '44 the eastern part of the Netherlands was already liberated. The west was isolated from the rest. So there was no food coming in (or going out). The fact that there was not enough food being produced was one of the reasons that people starved.

    • Richard Hanjeleer
      Richard Hanjeleer 3 months ago

      Wasn't the hongerwinter caused by germans being dicks?

  • Aaron Calderon
    Aaron Calderon 3 months ago

    The content is good.
    The zoom in and out drove me mad.

  • Mot Egdilra
    Mot Egdilra 3 months ago

    Name one Dutch food Johnny foreigner looks forward to eating?
    just one
    tasteless tomatoes
    crud cucumbers
    piss awful peppers
    deep fried gravy croquettes (bitterballen)
    deep fried potatoes with extra mayo?
    Dutch food is shit

    • Mot Egdilra
      Mot Egdilra 3 months ago

      remco_shoots4u And in regards to the Dutch standard of living, it's no better or worse than any other Northwestern​ European country.
      There are several European countries that are marginally ahead of Holland, and generally From France southwards less prosperous but on the whole contemporary Holland is comparable with its neighbours in every direction, unless of course you are a micro pédant, anyhow I still can't think of anything Dutch I'd like to eat...
      I think Holland's biggest contribution to modern day gastronomy is the Dutch oven...
      or maybe hagelslag sandwiches or Oliebollen or worse still poffertjes
      hahaha, Enjoy counting your Euros, they won't be around very much longer, whilst you gorge yourself on crap

    • Mot Egdilra
      Mot Egdilra 3 months ago

      remco_shoots4u If being rich means eating shit food, good luck with that. Personally I make it a rule never to eat in Holland, nor buy vegetables/fruit/meat/ of Dutch provenance or anything made by Unilever (albeit that's half British).

    • remco_shoots4u
      remco_shoots4u 3 months ago

      We're still fuckin rich. Poor pauper. Our retirementfunds hold...wait for it... over 250 billion Euro. And therefore we all have a good retirementplan.And i won't even start about our top notch healthcare. We Dutch are not afraid to smile, cause we look good when we smile!

  • Mot Egdilra
    Mot Egdilra 3 months ago +1

    Dutch food is industrial tasteless crap.

    • remco_shoots4u
      remco_shoots4u 3 months ago

      How would you know, you can't afford it, poor pauper.

  • Geraldine Franco
    Geraldine Franco 3 months ago

    Comparing the US and Netherlands, 2 agricultural giants, makes you wonder, if given enough time, will netherlands be the sole agricultural Hegemon? There are probably lots of companies in the US with enough land to rival Netherlands as a whole but how come a small country can catch up with this gigantic nation? Makes you wonder the quality over quantity situation and vice versa. One country is just good at mass production while the other one is good at efficient production. What comes next? Agricultural War 1?

  • Corpus Defectus
    Corpus Defectus 3 months ago

    Holland is a region not our country, sais a northern dutchman...

  • letsgetverydrunk
    letsgetverydrunk 3 months ago +1

    Foreigners caring more about whether it's called holland or the netherlands than the actual dutch. Thanks cgp grey, little bitch that you are

  • Secret
    Secret 3 months ago

    kinda funny how u have 666k subs

  • metalmichew2
    metalmichew2 3 months ago

    Portugal is the biggest aggricult power, Holland is using it as a secondary power. if you keep that in mind you can allready see how strong the netherlands really is.

  • tesla1961
    tesla1961 3 months ago

    never trust a bald head .

  • Karl Lober
    Karl Lober 3 months ago

    .. fantastic .. I graduated in Agricultural Economics years ago and I remember the smaller cows in Holland years ago .. but I had not keep up with it .. unbelievable that they beat Poland and Russia in potatoes ..

  • vunderground1
    vunderground1 3 months ago

    Bulk over flavour every time.These techniques are great for weed but terrible for tasty food.Thank you Guys for developing hydroponic techniques :D but keep your veggies, thanks.

  • Renshou Dai
    Renshou Dai 3 months ago

    Having been in the USA for over 20 years, I am a whole-hearted advocate for total private ownership based free market economic system. But after watching your videos on Norway (sovereign fund) and Holland (advanced agriculture), I begin seeing values in the "State Capitalism" economic system. The America-championed free market system is wasteful in terms of resources and can lead to financial crises from time to time (unregulated free enterprises can behave like certain type of dogs who can not control themselves when given food). Being also a Chinese, I have always advocated the American model for China, but now I begin to question myself. Maybe those smaller European countries who truly know how to manage their finite resources and know best how to develop and use the beneficial technologies are the more appropriate models for China. Thank you for those enlightening views and facts.

  • John Q
    John Q 3 months ago

    Too much talking around the bush not coming to the point

  • Patrick EH
    Patrick EH 3 months ago

    The USA is the world leader in ag export. NOT the Netherlands

    • Patrick EH
      Patrick EH 3 months ago

      It didn't STATE Europe in the title. It STATES, "Worlds Ag leader" Being an idiot must be tough.

    • Richard Hanjeleer
      Richard Hanjeleer 3 months ago

      Technologically they are the leaders tough considering the netherlands are over 200 times smaller than the us.

    • Richard Hanjeleer
      Richard Hanjeleer 3 months ago

      Hence the ''in Europe'' part.
      Listening is hard.

  • Vancouverman
    Vancouverman 3 months ago

    The constant playing of hard rock and changing the focus on the narrator's face is very distracting and makes this video unwatchable.

  • Rene Goris
    Rene Goris 3 months ago

    Although the Dutch agricultural method is a great way to develop space farming, the biological richness of plants is greatly diminished. Chemically plants get undressed to their biological bare minimum. The result is plants with less taste variety, less taste, less natural fragility, but also less survival chance in case of natural disasters, leaving people behind with guaranteed famine, like in the Monsanto effect. Irony here is that it does feed more people, but it also generates an additional market for people who prefer natural food, which is sold dealer style against higher prices, so not available to the poor. But who cares. In international food laws there is a concensus that if food doesn't kill you within X days it is to be considered healthfood

  • Wonderful Life
    Wonderful Life 3 months ago

    Them tomotoes are fking grim though.......

  • Mubashir Omar
    Mubashir Omar 3 months ago +1

    Hey Simon! Always good to watch your videos. Very informative.

  • m m
    m m 3 months ago

    get another shot of the laser lol

  • MJ NYC
    MJ NYC 3 months ago

    I suspect that a major reason others nations may not benefit from this is that they are not as free of corruption as Netherland.

  • artoru vidal2
    artoru vidal2 3 months ago

    The best farmers in South Africa are also Dutch

  • meaturama
    meaturama 3 months ago

    Wait, if Holland is the Netherlands....THEN WHO ARE THE DUTCH?

    • MrEscen
      MrEscen 3 months ago

      the Dutch live in the Netherlands and in Holland, Holland is a part of the Netherlands, but don't call someone from another part of Netherland a Hollander.

  • Philip Winkelhorst
    Philip Winkelhorst 3 months ago

    This highly efficient way of farming has also a downside. The farmer losses his connection with his suroundings. He is totally focused on his crops. This is a treat for the bird and wildlife around his farm. For bees there is not enough food. SO they can't life any more on farmland. Therefor there are no insect eating birds, because they can't find insects. And when there are no small birds also the birds of pray don't have enough food. This is a big problem. A farm should be very efficient, but should also leave space for wildlife and nature. Because without pollinating insects there is a bigger risc.

  • David Renwick
    David Renwick 3 months ago

    At 9:00 s/be Palmera Goat

  • oev67
    oev67 3 months ago

    for al the fuckers that complain about the netherlands vs holland: most people in the world don't know shit about the name "the netherlands" but they all know holland so get over it you pussies

  • truestory
    truestory 3 months ago

    UNILEVER vriend!!!

  • Ai
    Ai 3 months ago

    Haha your beard is uneven.

    BLIGHTY 3 months ago

    George: What is Holland?
    Jerry: What do you mean, 'what is it?' It's a country right next to Belgium.
    George: No, that's the Netherlands.
    Jerry: Holland *is* the Netherlands.
    George: Then who are the Dutch?

  • Sjaak De Winter
    Sjaak De Winter 3 months ago +1

    Because we are smart.
    Dutch people can even makes the Sahara green.
    It s not a joke, we can do it, because we are also rich enough to pay the technology.
    We are rich because we are smart.
    We are smart because of good schools.
    Every country can be like us, if they wants.
    But they prefer to be a migrant, because we are rich and smart.