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Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

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A Barcelona based architecture firm has come up with a design to create a solar powered floating farm. The floating farm grows vegetables and catches fish and it could offer a new alternative way for humans to get food.

According to the United Nations, the world population will reach 9.1 billion in 2050, requiring 70 percent more food than we currently produce.

1 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

Some predict the answer to this food-space crisis will be floating farms that can be positioned off the coast of booming cities.


2 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

Combining both hydroponic and vertical farming technologies, this new method of growing food would use large barges stacked high with planter beds.


3 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

The first level would house a fish farm equipped with a desalination plant, water access points, and wave barriers.


4 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

The second level would be an automated pesticide-free hydroponic greenhouse that could grow leafy greens and other vegetables.


5 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

The entire thing would be powered by a rooftop covered in solar panels.



6 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)

"The aim of the [smart floating farm] is not to replace traditional farming, not at all,” explain the designers on their website. "But to serve as a flexible farming alternative thinking about the present and the future of food imports and countries with different agricultural challenges."


7 Could This Floating Solar Farm Be The Farm Of The Future? (7 pics)


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№1 Author: westlockfiredept (15 Jun 2015 01:50) Total user comments: 338


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A fantastic and far seeing possible solution until mega corporations becomes involved
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№2 Author: Slugsie (15 Jun 2015 02:36) Total user comments: 1573


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Why do we need to increase food production by 70% to go from 7B people to 9B people? That's only a 28% increase in people. Given that we currently do actually produce enough food to feed 7B (we just don't distribute it anything like enough - looking at you America) I don't see why we would need to up production by twice the increase in population.
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№3 Author: radical_ed (15 Jun 2015 07:26) Total user comments: 598


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Quote: Slugsie
I don't see why we would need to up production by twice the increase in population.


Even today, not all the people have enough food.
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№4 Author: Slugsie (15 Jun 2015 13:37) Total user comments: 1573


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Quote: radical_ed

Even today, not all the people have enough food.


That's true, but it's not because we don't produce enough. It's because many western nations are incredibly wasteful. If we could distribute properly then we could feed everyone.
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№5 Author: Phynix4 (15 Jun 2015 17:10) Total user comments: 5461


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'Western nations' are not the only 'wasteful" nations. Take your head out of your agenda-non factual- ass, Slug. BTW, 'western nations' export billions of tons of food every year to other nations, more so than most other nations combined (last 22 years straight). When the liberals can come up with a 'non-violent' way to keep dictators and warlords from holding or reselling for their own agendas, then perhaps steps will be taken to defeating world hunger. Get your facts straight. Humans are the ONLY species that will breed and over populate an area past the point of being able to maintain its population. What government body do you propose to 'oversee' this "proper distribution" (that isnt already doing it)?
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№6 Author: Slugsie (16 Jun 2015 12:59) Total user comments: 1573


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Quote: Phynix4
'Western nations' are not the only 'wasteful" nations. Take your head out of your agenda-non factual- ass, Slug. *snipped*


So you're agreeing that we produce enough food then, and that production is not the problem. Human greed is the problem. My point was simple, we currently *do* produce enough food for everyone, we just can't get it to everyone adequately. Thus there is no need to increase production by 70% for a 28% increase in population. That was the point of this post on AC. I am proposing no solution to the distribution issue, that is way outside my area of knowledge and expertise.
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