Given the fact that a community that supports green technology also supports organic growing, it is evident that its members would design clean ways to produce healthy, organic food with as little impact on the environment possible. One such farm exists in Japan. Not only is it the world’s largest indoor farm, it produces 100 times more food than conventional farming methods.
Now, an architecture company known as Forward Thinking Architecture has designed a solar-powered floating farm. What is unique about it is the fact that through its green technology, it produces 20 tons of vegetables every day.
According to Inhabitat, there has been a concern that the world’s food supply wouldn’t be able to keep up with the world’s population growing at an exponential rate for many years. Forward Thinking Architecture provided an innovative and viable solution with their farms. The fact that it is built on water addresses the issue of decreasing supply of arable land. However, it must be noted the floating farms are, at this moment, made to supplement traditional farming, not replace it.
A follow-up by Minds provides more details to the floating farm. The farms — which were inspired by Chinese floating fish farms — are modules that measure 200 meters by 350 meters and consist of three floors. The bottom floor focuses on aquaculture and water desalination. The next floor up focuses on hydroponics crop cultivation. Finally, the roof is fitted with numerous solar panels, skylights, and rainwater collectors.
As mentioned earlier, each floating farm module can produce 20 tons of food everyday. Over the course of a year, the anticipated estimate is 8,152 tons of vegetables! Apparently, the solar farms are also fisheries as they can bring in 1,703 tons of fish a year too! Finally, the fact that the floating farm modules can be connected to form a grid (or any design allowable by its architecture as shown in the above picture), entire cities can be fed if they are scaled up to be huge farms, kind of like a floating farm metropolis.
[Images via Forward Thinking Technology]