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    • British students created these farms in floating capsules, placed in the ocean to produce food.

    The food of the future will be grown on floating farms / 

    What do 18 of the 21 largest metropolises in the world have in common? Well, they’re located close to the ocean which, fortunately, makes them places where food can potentially be produced. This is what Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, y Idrees Rasouli, a group of Royal and Imperial College graduates envisioned when they created floating farms that can potentially guarantee food safety for large cities.

    These floating farms are capsules called Sea Leaf. Their structure is made from solar cells and recycled polyethylene, they have a system that regulates the characteristics of the external environment: the amount of light for example, so that vegetables can grow even in the most extreme solar conditions.

    Their project was inspired by a millenary agricultural system developed in Bangladesh, which adapts floating agricultural beds to cope with floods. To make the collection of crops easier, Sea Leaf farms would be placed a kilometre from the shore.

    This project’s initial goal is to reach cities whose food availability greatly depends on imports. Since 93% of the food in Singapore comes from other countries this city will be their first objective.

    The group aims to improve the model of their floating farms in the near future by implementing osmosis systems that will allow seawater and other environmental resources to provide the nourishments for the plants. On an international level, this project also highlights a concrete problematic, since globalised commerce can damage the food stability in places that no longer produce their own food.

    Similarly, the continuously growing urban population means that long term food supply systems are absolutely essential. One thing is certain, twenty-first century agriculture will undergo truly unimaginable transformations, with new ecological processes that can ensure food availability, but which additionally, will be close to the cities. Ranging from the already popular green roofs, to floating oceanic farms, new projects respond to the demand for a growing local food supply. This is a shared challenge, and creative innovation seems to be the answer.

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