Floating Farm Takes Sustainable Agriculture to the Next Level

Floating Farm Takes Sustainable Agriculture to the Next Level

– First of all, very welcome
at the first floating farm in the world. My name is Peter, and we are
here in the Port of Rotterdam. We’re designing, developing,
engineering floating farms on the water. It’s a challenge in the world
to find space inside cities to produce healthy food
very close to consumers. One of every four trucks is food related. When you look at New
York City, for instance, 1500 trucks comes in every day just to bring in food from the Midwest. So we really have to change
the way we are producing and distributing food. (upbeat music) You were working in New York shortly after Hurricane
Sandy hit New York. And Hurricane Sandy hit
New York really really bad. And we saw that the stores were empty. The shelves were empty with fresh food. And that’s how we came up with the idea to make a farm within the city so we can always produce healthy
food close to the consumer. Make the farm part of a city. It’s what we call transfarmation. We want to be completely
self-sufficient over here on energy, water and feed
stock within the city. So if you look at the
building we developed, it is a three layer building. There’s one part below the water, and it’s really cool, the temperature. So we can use that cool space. And there’s a processing
area on the first layer. And then we have the
third layer as a stable. We collect rainwater from the roof. The rainwater is being filtered
with a membrane technology and then goes back as
drinking water for the cows. We have floating solar panels next door, and we also reuse the manure
to make it a fertilizer to give back to the city. So we not only give
back dairy to the city, but also the manure as a fertilizer. We’re still waiting for a windmill, and we’re looking into hydrogen. But next year there will be
7,000 chickens on the water. So we have dairy, eggs and vegetables within one and half year over here. All on the water, completely floating. And that’s really important. Because then we reduce transportation. We do not get soil from
somewhere else in the world. We do not have to kill forests. We maintain all nutrients
here in the city. We created, in our opinion, one of the best stables in the world. I strongly believe that
this model can be reapplied everywhere in the world
where there is water. We have requests now
from all over the world, because there are countries
that do not have space at all, like Singapore for instance, there are countries that
are continuously flooded like Bangladesh. We have created an engine. You put the plug in and it runs. And that can be done everywhere. For us, creating a better
world is essential. It’s our key drive. It’s not only a passion, but we strongly believe
that we have to change. And we have to change now. We wanted to do something
to create a better world, and that’s what we’re showing on here. (upbeat music) Thanks for watching. If you liked this video give it a like and subscribe to Freethink now for more great videos every week.

20 thoughts on “Floating Farm Takes Sustainable Agriculture to the Next Level

  1. As a proof of concept it's a neat idea. In practicality it doesn't seem like this is a very efficient way to move forward. How would all of those cows fair during a hurricane?

  2. STD is 1.5 acre of grass per cow, how is this going to produce that much grass ?? It looks to be less than one acre per level.

  3. I love how you respond to every comment, it shows how much you care about your fans and providing them content they can believe by siting sources for their questions. About the floating farm, i think it's a really cool idea with a lot of potential to improve and be part of the future of humanity

  4. Are floating farms actually better after you account for all the variables? Seems like the farm is an attempt to avoid transportation impact but I'm sure there are a ton of unintentional consequences.

  5. I love these videos, keep them coming! Maybe we could explore what some developing countries may be doing for sustainability?

  6. Why not just grow crops? Raising cattle is just an inefficient way to produce food, no matter how sustainable the model is.

  7. What about their feces? Do they reuse it as compos or threw it to water? I'm highly interested with this invention

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