COLLEEN'S PICK. Urban Agriculture: Harvested Produce at the Grocery Store
*Originally posted on October 11, 2010.
It’s hard to imagine our current agricultural system evolving progressively, considering the regression we’re in, but a presentation given at the Nordic Exceptional Trendshop last week by NASA-inspired individuals could give it the push it needs. The idea is called Agropolis – an urban agricultural venue with a grocery store, restaurant and farm, all under the same roof.
With growing demands for local and organically grown foods being more readily accessible in communities, Agropolis just might be the solution. The all-inclusive grocery store concept combines hydroponic, aeroponic and aquapoinic farming to grow vegetables without soil in an urban environment. While shopping, people can see the produce growing right in front of them and have the opportunity to walk away with food as fresh as if it were growing it in their backyard. Aquaculture tanks will be installed so that nutrients from fish can go to feed the plants, making the entire set-up a vibrant, living ecosystem.
So how would all this look, you ask? Well, upon walking into an Agropolis store, you would immediately see walls of green. Vegetables would be growing on the walls at every corner and below your feet would be a giant tilapia tank where fish work in unison with the vegetables in an aquaponic system. The best part is that the only expedition your produce will undergo is from the store to your home. Absolutely zero travel from farm to store will transpire.
It almost sounds too good to be true, but just like anything there are obstacles. One is the challenge of having enough vegetables growing to feed the increasing population. Overall, Acropolis has the potential to transform the traditional shopping experience into a soil-free, sustainable aquaculture ecosystem.
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