Floating farms answer to food crisis


A farm that could provide enough food to feed the whole world?

As far-fetched as it may sound, a Barcelona-based design practice is on the verge of making this a reality. Their perfect world is one without food shortages and they’re working hard to make it happen. But how?

The concept is simple: solar-powered floating farms.

Installed in underutilized bodies of water, these farms would minimize the reliance on imported food that so many countries depend on today. Think of it, instead of importing food over thousands of miles, we’d simply harvest food from our nearest lake or river. These smart farms are designed as fully automated systems that combine solar energy, hydroponics, and aquaculture to grow an array of vegetation as well serve as a means for farming fish.

The SFF module comprises of three main levels: a ground level for aquaculture and desalination technologies; the first floor for hydroponic crop cultivation; and a rooftop level covered in solar panels, skylights, and rainwater collectors. By using stackable and modular systems, SFF are scalable, adaptable, and resource efficient. Each module is estimated to produce 8,152 tons of vegetables a year and 1,703 tons of fish a year.Inhabitat

Considering that there’d be multiple modules in one area, the amount of food that will be produced could very well change the world. With farmable land becoming more and more scarce as urban landscapes grow in size, these farms are a promise for a truly sustainable future where food crises will be nothing but a page in a history book. And, we, here at the Electric Blog, could not be more ecstatic about such a possibility.

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