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Posted on: July 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm
Last updated: September 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

As we all know by now, the world’s population is growing faster than ever. Many challenges have accompanied this growth spurt, including being able to provide large populations with access to basic human necessities.

According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to reach 8.3 billion in 2030, and over 9 billion by 2050. By this time they also expect global food demand to increase by up to 70%. This underlines the need for affordable and sustainable food sources.

Thankfully, an environmentally-focused architecture company based out of Barcelona may have come with a farm design perfect for the task of feeding an ever-growing population, without damaging the environment.

Smart Floating Farms

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This solar-powered, eco-friendly farm is somewhat of a giant aquaponics system. It was inspired by Asia’s traditional grid shaped floating farms. The designers found this to be the most efficient configuration for sustainable food production.

There are three levels to a Smart Floating Farm. The top level consists of solar panels, which provides the farm with a source of environmentally-friendly energy. This is then delivered to the plants, which act as both a food source and energy source as well.

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The middle level is where the hydroponic farm will be located. The green power generated by the solar panels will go towards growing these crops, which will be cultivated for food.

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The waste byproduct from the crops will then be used as feed for the fish which will be located at the lower level. This fish farm will also produce waste that will be recycled as fertilizer for the crops. This makes the Smart Floating Farm an affordable, eco-friendly and self-sufficient option for food production.

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Overall, the Smart Floating Farm is a great concept for a world that is producing an exponential amount of people while running out of space at the same time. These farms would float on pontoons and be located in rivers, lakes and oceans, meaning that they wouldn’t take up the same amount of land space that typical farms would. They also would cause much less pollution than factory farms.

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The designers estimated that one individual farm would be able to produce 8, 152 tons of vegetables and 1,703 tons of fish every year.

For more information on the Smart Floating Farms project, and on how you can get involved, click here.

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