WOW! That was all I had to say after learning about the innovative and completely revolutionary farm people in Savona, Italy created: an underwater fruit and vegetable farm smartly named “Nemo’s Garden”. And it’s on the bottom of the sea, so it doesn’t need unsalty water to work (now that they found salty water on Mars, I can already imagine it as a huge vegetable garden…)
But science fiction aside, this underwater vegetable garden is real and works flawlessly, like a biosphere. A self sustainable one, too where the farmers are currently growing strawberries, basil, beans, garlic, and lettuce. Pretty cool, right?
There are currently five biosphere pods anchored to the bottom of the sea off the coast of Savona, and they don’t require people to be constantly there: webcams and sensor panels check all the data on a live feed, while the plants themselves don’t even need water. Instead, the constant temperature of 79 degrees, combined with an 83% humidity levels and high carbon dioxide levels are ideal for plants to grow, while they are being “watered” by the drips of water that condense on the inner walls of the biospheres. Smart – so check it out below:
“The main target of this project is to create alternative sources of plant production in areas where environmental conditions make it difficult to grow crops through conventional farming, including lack of fresh water, fertile soils, and extreme temperature changes,” said project spokesperson Luca Gamberini. “We are trying to find an alternative and economically viable technology enabling efficient production.”
This does sound like a thing for the future, something coming straight from a sci-fi movie and something that might potentially solve (at least for some time) the food problems that the world has – and which are anticipated to get worse and worse as time goes by. I personally love the idea and I hope it can grow to a large scale! Find out more about them on their official Facebook page.
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