Biome Smart Farm: Aquaponic Shelter for Tomorrow rio de janeiro, brazil

PROJECT OVERVIEW: This Aquaponics System is a circular system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients to the plants within the system and through a filtration system will purify the water. In a world where the effects of climate change are being felt more than ever before, research into alternative methodologies becomes critical. Harnessing the power of the ecosystem with a careful mix of component part makes it so that by taking out only a specified percentage of the plant, insect or fish biomass, it will continue functioning by itself with only minimal adjustments. Our project proposes to work with low-income communities from the neighborhoods and favelas neighboring the Museum of Tomorrow so that with them we can develop the most low-cost method with the cheapest materials that can be scaled in the most challenging conditions. This ongoing study will enable us to optimize the methodology and the structure so that we can then launch this project in an open-source way across the globe.

We focus on three main areas: species identification: identification and testing of species of non-traditional food plants from the savannahs and the Amazon, as well as insects that are the most high-protein, and most efficient and robust; modularity: prototyping modular structures for food production that are optimal for a number of small spaces; optimizing the aquaponics system: adaptation of the system to urban challenges as well as automating the system

CATEGORY: Professional SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going

BY: Museum of Tomorrow

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: At the Museum of Tomorrow we have a Program called the Neighbors of the Museum. We have almost 5.000 low income people who live around the area of the Museum and have been given a life pass to the Museum - we would plan this project to be within this structure so we can gain synergies of the work of over 4 of years developing this community.

PARTNERS: The Museum of Tomorrow has been supporting this project for over 8 months - this culminated in the Exhibition "What´s on Your Plate - Circular Food Systems". As we continue this research, we are adding different modules to the system. We are also working with the National Institute of Technology on Spirulina research (a modular component of alternative proteins to this system) we are also working with representatives of ASBRACI - Brazilian Association of Insect Farmers (another modular component of this system).




Sistemas Circulares de Alimentação