Gallery: Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Iceberg...

Arctic Harvester is a huge floating farm that that uses water from melted icebergs to bring local food to Greenland. The freshwater from icebergs would be used by onboard hydroponic greenhouses to grow fruits and vegetables that would be delivered to coastal towns. The project, designed by French architecture students, won first prize at the 2013 Jacques Rougerie Competition. We have to ask ourselves though - in the age of climate change and melting polar caps, is an iceberg-eating farm really the best idea?

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  1. Juli Prochazka April 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This design is not original. It was already developed and displayed at a Canadian national science event almost a year ago. Check it out on Twitter: @arcticfloating.

  2. SaadC March 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Icebergs come from glaciers extending into the sea, they’re freshwater based on everything I’ve read.

    Heating might be a little difficult but this can probably be done with other methods. As the article points out, it’s beyond unconventional.

  3. archonic March 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It’s blows my mind the amount of work that goes into the design of things that could be debunked with a high-school level science education. What made the designer of this thing think icebergs are made of freshwater? The parts that were made with precipitation are, but the poles are largely desert. As in very very little precipitation. Icebergs are saline.

    And what about heating? Does the designer seriously think he can keep 800 people comfortable while floating in 0 degree water with some solar panels?

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