Lori Zimmer

Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

by , 10/22/13

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Sealeaf hydroponic farming, urban farming, floating farms

As the global population rises, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feed everyone – particularly in dense urban environments. Innovation Design Engineering recently unveiled an elegant solution: the Sealeaf Sealeaf hydroponic farming system, which provides farm fresh food without taking up valuable land. The self-sustaining floating chambers, which can be positioned along coastal waterways to grow crops, mitigate the need to import food from elsewhere to feed local residents.

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Sealeaf hydroponic farming, urban farming, floating farms

The Sealeaf system takes into consideration such environmental issues as global warming to feed a growing population. By transferring small-scale agriculture to the water, the Sealeaf system sustains itself despite rising sea levels, desertification, or lack of land from urban development. The floating pods are designed to be grouped together in clusters arranged in unused areas around shipping lanes in coastal cities, lakes and rivers. Walkway docks would make it easy for Sealeaf farmers to harvest the crops.

Each Sealeaf has a rainwater collecting bin, a solar panel, and maintains a healthy growing environment for the plants inside, making them almost entirely self sustainable.  Each can produce 44 pounds of fruits or vegetables per year, creating a significant source of food when grouped together.

Aside from providing food without taking up precious land, the Sealeaf also helps reduce food production’s carbon footprint. By growing food locally, it is no longer necessary to truck in food from other areas, which adds up in both economic and environmental costs.

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Via PSFK

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