Science Fiction? Maybe, but the idea is intriguing!
What’s the biggest problem facing the world’s food supply in 2050? With an anticipated 9 Billion people expected to be alive by then, the biggest problem to solve will be adequately feeding the swelling population.
The constraint? Land to create farms is a fixed quantity. And concerns about the environmental impact of clearing more farm land causes a thinking person to pause.
Once creative team has brainstormed a way to address these multiple concerns: by creating smart floating farm systems.
Read more below!
Inspired by Chinese floating fish farms, these rectangular units measure 200×350 meters and can connect with other modules via walkways. The usage of waterways is a great compliment to the farming industry because it makes farming available in so many more locations. It reduces the need to import food by localizing growth and incorporates rivers and lakes as viable “farmland.”
Each module is anticipated to make 8,152 tons of vegetables every year and bring in 1,703 tons of fish. The modules, then, connect into a grid and can scale up into huge farms, producing local food for entire cities.
The designer (designboom.com) goes on to say:
“We….conceptualized the ‘smart floating farm’ as a vision to the future of agribusiness. The concept is a commercially-viable off shore farming alternative, which would work in tandem with traditional growers to produce families with fresh, organic goods. the semi-automated, sustainable system will, they hope, drive communities towards healthier diets — the concept doesn’t include production of red meats or poultry; as well as decrease environmental destruction, and aid in food security and resilience.
The system utilizes nutrient-laden water rather than soil to nourish plants. it requires no natural precipitation or fertile land, and can be very effective using only treated water reserves produced by the on-board desalination plant. monitored re-use of H2O prevents eutrophication — excessive plant growth by overabundant access to nutrients — and eradicates agricultural run-off. The method doesn’t require pesticides, and can be stacked to limit space.”
Read more about this cool design idea at designboom.com