How to feed the cities of the future
I’m a huge fan of aquaponic/hydroponic and aeroponic systems. The tech varies between DYI low-fi and rocket science & it forces you to deal with natural homegrown food. It’s sustainable, cheap & efficient and it could be a gamechanger for our urban future.
Therefore I’m happy to see that The Verge started their second Detours season with Caleb Harper’s CityFARM project:
At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.
[read more] [hydropnics & aquaponics on futurescope]