A shipping container sized aquaponic food production system called ‘Farmpod’ that is powered by solar energy and rainwater, could produce up to 100lbs (45kg) of fresh food a week using a quarter of the space and 90% less water than traditional farming methods.

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As somebody involved in hobby aquaponics for almost 10 years they should clarify that is a supplemental method to conventional agriculture, meaning it’s not meant to replace tradition farming, for example it’s completely impractical to use annual crops on aqua/hydroponics, annual crops that compromise 70% of calories a population requires.

Orc_

these values sound completely bullshit. 100lbs of food a week from a shipping container size? what the fuck? how fast do you think food grows? even if they were growing the entire container all at once, i don’t think they could even break 100lbs a month.

helloreddit00

I went to university for this 10 years ago! Then, I bailed and switched majors. Here’s why: The tech for amazing hydroponic solutions is all there, but the demand isn’t. Produce works fine as is for most places, so the industry is doomed until a big catastrophe raises global awareness, or some eccentric billionaire decides to take it on as a pet project, but doing so would likely rob a lot of people of jobs. Traditional farms spring up around cities. This moves farms closer, annihilating transportation costs. It allows for less water use and fine control over variables such as the weather. Crop yields are much higher with hydroponics. For example, an acre of strawberries can produce 40x the amount compared to soil. This will be the tech that enables life on other planets. As a final note, I thought the catastrophe situation had happened when a tsunami hit Japan some years back and a city was left abandoned. One company bought an abandoned building and successfully rigged it up to be a massive hydroponic grow house. Nothing changed. I’d advise not getting into this industry right now.

Word-Bender

Will someone please send some of these to the refugee camps in Algeria?

Uncle_Charnia

yea.. except the production cost.. and maintenance cost.. ​ better would be to invest in sustainable bio farming. though this could help in some remote areas. just makes me wonder about the return rate on it, compared to regular farming and bio farming.

scarface2cz