Floating ocean greenhouses bring fresh food closer to megacities

A hydroponics farm that uses salty water from the ocean could help growing coastal cities feed themselves.

While living in Tokyo, Philipp Hutfless, an industrial designer from Germany, saw how much food the Japanese import from abroad. The industrialized nation just doesn't have a lot of room for agriculture, neither in rural areas nor in cities.

His response was to develop Vereos, an idea for coastal cities with limited space for growing food. It's a floating greenhouse that recycles freshwater and gets power from built-in solar panels. The greenhouse is 42 feet square with shelves for growing vegetables inside.

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