The world’s first offshore farm is due to open in Rotterdam at the end of this year, it is thought that offshore farms can solve issues with transport pollution and decreasing amounts of farmland.
As well as being a solution to number of farming issues, offshore farming can reduce the distance food has to travel to consumers. In arable farming, urban indoor farms have been used as a way to reduce the travel distance of food, with produce grown on shelves under ultraviolet light.
Belvadon engineer, Peter van Wingerden, said: “Seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy I was struck by the need for food to be produced as near as possible to consumers.
“So the idea came up to produce fresh food in a climate-adaptive way on the water. With increasing demand for healthy food, fast-growing urbanisation and climate change, we can’t rely on the food production systems of the past any more.”