"We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting."
Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer
The world population is predicted to grow from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.3 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.
We live in a world where there's a lack of transparency regarding what we eat on a daily basis. How about watching our food grow locally and serving it directly on our tables? Why don't we connect again people with food production? Can this complementary project help make people more conscient of using clean energy to produce food? These and other questions are the ones the project aims to tackle
DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES INTO A SIMBIOTIC SINGLE PLATFORM
Urban farming in all its expressions ( being a urban garden, a rooftop, a basement or a floating farm) provides in-situ food production as an alternative to relying on imports from the surrounding rural areas or widescale distribution through commercial companies. This represents a step towards urban sustainability through encouraging local-scale supply chains and new cleaner ways of dealing with our food security.
We aim to implement a set of smaller scale floating farms we have been studying , anchored to land which can be located in different world locations.One that produces fresh crops and fish closer to citizens. The idea is that people themselves can come to the Floating Farm located in their close-by city bodies of water (calm sea, marina, river, pier, lake, etc) and learn from both the growing processes and at the same time buy directly their food ( transparency at the core of the project, savings on logistics, land associated costs, CO2 emissions etc).We want to promote a culture of producing our food closer to home using clean energy and reducing water & chemics consumption.
This replicable project is based on a Floating Multi-layered strategy which combines Aquaculture(fish), Hydroponics-Aeroponics (crops) and Photovoltaics (solar power & other renewable energies) into a single structure.
TOP SOLAR PLANT LEVEL ( CLEAN ENERGY)
MIDDLE HYDROPONIC LEVEL ( CROPS PRODUCTION)
LOWER AQUACULTURE LEVEL ( FISH AND OTHER SPECIES PRODUCTION)
SOME PROJECT KEY POINTS:
1. The SFF connects directly people with food.You can come to the platform and experience first hand the production process, meet with others and also buy fresh products. Saving on logistics, storage and intermediaries
2. This complementary solution to other great existing food production systems uses less area for growing due to higher yield per meter squared of the hydroponic systems and due to the the multi-level strategy. This means if necessary
land can be used for something else than agriculture.
3. The SFF has lower water consumption rate compared to traditional farming and there's no need for building new infrastructure(pipes etc), its all under the platform. Use of sustainable water management practices.
4. All organic wastes are digested at the Floating Farm / controlled in a non-pollutant way.
5. The SFF allows for all year round growing of food and a diversity of species. There is no effect of natural disaster. This means no crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests, or other periodic natural phenomena, as well as elimination of agricultural runoff.
6. The SFF produces fresh and organic food without the use of damging chemicals
7. By returning the farming back to centers of consumption, the SFF dramatically reduces fossil fuel usage (no machinery, shipping,etc) and logistic costs. More proximity to centers of consumption
means less CO2 emissions. In addition, it eliminates
most of the need for storage and preservation, thus reducing
the population of vermin (rats, mice, etc.) that feed on
reserves of food.
8. The SFF employs local people and creates new employment
opportunities(emergent economies).Potential for public-private
9. The SFF increases local production, which in turn means less
dependence on imports and more self-sufficiency.
10. The SFF will grant the different countries a mark of global pioneers
in alternative offshore agriculture and the creation of sustainable
environments for urban centers.
11. Replicability - Number of distributed modules according to the
country/region food production needs. This project was conceived thinking
globally, but always considering the local impact.
FUTURE VISIONS: exploring offshore platforms potential