SEALEAF: floating hydroponic farming

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“Sealeaf is a floating hydroponic farming system, designed to grow crops in coastal megacities, creating mass agriculture inside urban areas. The student team behind the design identified a problem: rapid urbanization is making cities lose their own local farming industry. Their product promotes a new relationship between food production and place of consumption. ‘By 2015, a projected 340 million people will reside in the worlds 21 megacities, of which 18 are coastal. Feeding these cities against a backdrop of explosive population growth, urbanization, rising sea levels, desertification and a demand for abundance will become a challenge beyond that of our existing infrastructure.’ the designers explain. ‘As a group of design students, our new point of view was also to address the problem of food miles and natural local production by basing our ideas around simple, inexpensive solutions and use as far as possible locally available resources such as solar energy, rainfall abundance in the tropical region (water resource) and local fish farming industry’ – Sealeaf Design Team”

(via designboomb.com)

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