There are food deserts, and then there are deserts that produce food. To find out more about the latter development, the Guardian checked out the Australia-based Sundrop Farms, which just might have hit a sweet spot of addressing several issues of sustainabiity at once.
Sundrop uses solar energy to “desalinate seawater for irrigation and to heat and cool greenhouses as required, and thence cheaply grow high-quality, pesticide-free vegetables year-round in commercial quantities.” The farm, located in the dessert outside Port Augusta, has garnered support from a mixed group of environmentalists, politicians, and entrepreneurs.
The complicated technology is broken down by the newspaper, along with the saga of a partnership gone wrong (it turns out the original inventor is no longer a part of the venture). Things are back on track though, and Sundrop currently has plans for a $12..8 million, 20-acre greenhouse.
Between desert greenhouse and rooftop farms, it seems we’re at least making some progress in figuring out how the hell we’re going to feed everyone after we’ve squandered all our other resources.
[via The Guardian]