An estimated 340 million people will be living in the world’s top 21 megacities by the year 2015. Eighteen of these megacities are located along the coast. Explosive population growth, urbanization, climate change, rising sea levels and desertification will create a major infrastructural challenge to feeding the world’s people, especially in coastal megacities.
In such areas where land is scarce or becomes too expensive and open water is the ideal alternative terrain, SeaLeaf provides an innovative alternative to traditionally grown agriculture. SeaLeaf’s hydroponic floating agricultural system can help create a local mass agricultural industry within urban areas, making the concept of reasonably priced local food for a local population a reality.
SeaLeaf’s product consists of a floating module with a hydroponic farming system and a walkway pontoon for access while afloat. This allows urban farmers to cultivate food directly on the water, using irrigated rain water and natural sunlight. These module and pontoon are constructed from high-density polyethylene and based on kayak and pontoon design for optimum stability. Each module covers one cubic meter of cultivatable land and can be connected to other modules by its walkway pontoon.
The benefits of SeaLeaf are manifold. Besides providing a sustainable source of crops to people in urban coastal megacities, SeaLeaf will help to reduce the carbon miles incurred from mass importation of everyday produce, thereby decreasing the world’s overall carbon footprint. In addition, SeaLeaf can improve the nutritional content of the food it grows, since the crops will no longer have to travel long distances and reach a retailer in a frozen or premature state.
Currently in beta-phase, SeaLeaf’s design is set to be finalized by mid-2016 and in full production by the end of 2018.
– Tara Young