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Growing food in the desert with seawater projects.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/cooling-houses-use-saltwater-and-cardboard-to-produce-in-deserts/

 

How wonderful that scientitists can now grow food in the desert with seawater, check out the article there is even a project in Australia, what a great way to feed the outback people who often lack fruit and veggies.

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Thanks for the link to this amazing article 

The Sundrop Farms project in Australia produces 15% of our tomatoes.

We need projects like this to go to the future.

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That is fantastic Suze, I get excited about this new technology for the benefit of mankind and the environment, win win. Going to look up that farm and see where they are selling their tomatoes, hope it is not all for export.

Nope, not all for export. Try Coles.

Thanks Reagan, will check them out, I had a look at their website quite interesting what they have been doing, why doesn't the media show this on TV, some good news for a change.

I'm unsure what is actually meant about the use of seawater. Reading the article suggests that the seawater is only used to cool the cardborad covers to allow the growth. It is presumed that freshwater is used to water the plants but where this comes from is unclear.

 

For those who know anything about irrigated crops such as in the Riverina or Riverland areas there is the problem of overwatering which lifts the water table and bring brackish water to the surface making salt pans which stop further plantings. I would like more information before I can comment further.

They use a desalination plant powered by solar energy, see the link Sophie put up.

Beautiful tomatoes and sold exclusively by Coles at the present time. I've been buying them for quite a while.

An interesting article about Sundrop farms...

https://theindexproject.org/stories/sundrop-farms

 

LAUNCH...At the announcement last week were (left) Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock, Sundrop Farms CEO Philipp Saumweber, Coles Managing Director John Durkan and Premier Jay Weatherill.

thanks for the link Sophie, I wll look for the tomatoes next time I go to coles.

Great projects. Wish we could focus more on innovation like this rather than technologies of the past, e.g. pesticide-controlled agriculture and coal-fired power.

We need to asap, because the old ways are destroying the top soil and is harmful to humans as well. I wish the media would tell us more about these types of projects, so much innovation without Government help.

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