Mankind’s toxic carbon footprint has greatly influenced climate changes that adversely affect the planet we live on and the world we live in. Just as humanity’s excessive appetite is destroying nature it is back to nature that we must turn as we look for answers regarding water scarcity, climate change, and food production.
Two different organizations have researched and built product prototypes that will revolutionize how we produce food and collect water. Recently, a New York based international team called NexLoop developed a prototype of a product that imitates the way water is captured, stored, and distributed by living systems. The hope is that these findings will be used to help meet the growing need for sustainable, local food production as well as for providing a consistent source of water.
NsxLoop has been awarded the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s Ray of Hope prize in the 2017 Bio mimicry Global Design Challenge. Their design called Aqua Web will help urban farmers produce, collect, filter, store, and distribute atmospheric moisture rather than depending solely on groundwater. To do this Aqua Web looked to and mimicked nature. From the cribellate orb weaver spider web they learned how to collect fog from the air; drought tolerant plants like the crystalline ice plants showed them how to store water: and from the mycorrhizal fungi they learned how to distribute water.
Across the country in Reno, Nevada Josh Smith, a “rogue visionary and serial entrepreneur”, is building prefabricated modular greenhouses that will promote wellness through sustainable technologies. He too is thinking outside of the box as he looks for ways to make life better.
Josh Smith founder and CEO of Modular Greenhouses is committed to using greenhouses to correct society’s problems. He has committed himself to changing the ways that families, especially those with children eat by engaging the community in greenhouse activity.
Both Josh Smith and the members of NexLoop have a vision that includes the use of greenhouses and other types of urban farms to address society’s need for healthier ways of producing food and for creative ways to address water scarcity.