Underwater strawberries and deep-sea herbs, a more sustainable alternative to land-based farming?
by Roger Rodrigo
Underwater farms are no more a figment of our imagination. Already there are viable projects that are producing vegetables including tomatoes on a regular basis.
There’s a lot of justification for taking this approach. The United Nations estimates that the world could easily be fed if just 2% of oceans were used for sustainable farming.
One of them is Nemo’s Garden, an underwater farming project consisting of six air-filled plastic pods, or biospheres, anchored at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Noli, Italy.
NGO GreenWave has developed a sustainable agricultural technique called vertical underwater farming or regenerative ocean farming.
The company grows a range of seaweed types like kelp and shellfish, including mussels and scallops, on a rope scaffolding system under the sea.
Also, there’s Bangalore-based Sea6 Energy, which has designed a tractor-like vehicle called a ‘SeaCombine’ to seed and harvest tropical underwater plants.
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