The United Nations have predicted that in less than 5 years the world will experience an irreversible climate change catastrophe. With the world already struggling to produce enough food, this news is catastrophic to the agriculture industry.
Soil degradation, rising sea-levels and irregular rainfall is making it progressively harder to grow crops without damaging farmland and polluting the environment with chemical pesticides.
Around the world, over one billion hectares of farmland is affected by soil salinity, and lower rainfall means that this will increase dramatically over the next decade, along with the risk of droughts and water shortages, threatening our ability to feed growing populations.
As agriculture itself is the greatest contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, farming innovations must be developed to mitigate (and adapt to) climate change, and to make agriculture more sustainable.
The solution? Seawater farming
Using seawater to grow food on land is not new, however it has taken on a new meaning since our struggle with climate change intensified. Seawater farming can take on many different applications, tackling a whole range of climate and environmental factors, including rising sea-levels, carbon emissions, costal erosion, soil degradation, salinisation, agricultural and marine pollution, and flood risks.
This simple process can even create wetland environments where barren farmland used to be, forming a protective barrier against rising sea-levels and floods.