Floating food farms could combat food shortages

Design firm Forward Thinking Architecture has put together plans for floating farms which would combat the increasing global problems of  food shortages, lack of land, and a rapidly growing population.

Architects say the project is aimed at areas where food supplies are uncertain and the population is growing – such as the Middle East.

 A subsidiary of JAPA, an ideas company, Barcelona-based Forward Thinking Architecture proposes that the farms would also respond to the food needs of nearby cities.

 Building on floating fish farms already in place in Singapore, the concept consists of linked floating structures with equipped with rotating racks full of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and other crops that can be grown year-round.

 A loop design would help to maximise the amount of sunlight available and creates a stylish aesthetic for the farms which are designed to set up off urban waterfronts, where people often congregate during their leisure hours.

 The project also calls for supply to reflect the demands of the population of the nearby urban area as neighborhoods would “order” what they need by communicating their requirements to technology centres on each floating farm.

 This would reduce food waste and the carbon dioxide emissions associated with food miles and imports.

 Using hydroponic systems, these floating farms also help to conserve water – as most vertical growing systems do, although being outside does increase the likelihood of evaporation.