We use virtually infinite natural seawater to reverse desertification and solve many related global challenges.
With less than 3% of Earth’s water non-saline, and two-thirds of that inaccessible in glaciers or unreachable aquifers, freshwater must be wisely preserved for its highest, best uses. Few imagine an alternative to freshwater for essential uses such as growing food and producing energy. For decades we have not only imagined such a resource, but have been productively employing it for these purposes, and more. This remaining 97% of Earth’s water is seawater, which sustains 50-80% of all life on our planet.1
Redefining Water With Integrated Seawater Agriculture
Through responsible, intentional design that combines seawater, sunlight, soil, halophytes (plants that thrive in highly saline water) and human ingenuity, we have devised a methodology we call “Integrated Seawater Agriculture” (ISA) that leverages the invaluable characteristics of seawater to greatest benefit.
These terrestrial agronomic projects are created as technology transfer ventures, with local communities partnering to become the commercial and social beneficiaries of each development. All ISA projects are designed to impact these communities in a transformational way by providing new sources of revenue, employment and education that elevate their well-being and provide hope for a better future.
Primary components of these enterprises are farming, vocational training and educational / recreational programs relating to natural sciences, such as research and ecotourism.
In all cases, they are designed and scaled to maximize employment.
This closed-loop ISA farming system reverses the flow of nutrients, bringing seawater ‘rivers’ onto land where it first supplies aquaculture ponds. From there, the nutrient-enhanced effluent irrigates halophytic crops and inland coastal forests, before draining into a productive wetland habitat, filled with artemia, macro/micro algae and salt crystallization ponds. This last crucial component provides natural seawater filtration, as it returns, now purified, directly back to the underlying coastal seawater wedge.
Redefining Water: Products & Benefits
Among the myriad products from this system are:
- building materials
- climate impact mitigation
- atmospheric carbon sequestration
- reversing desertification
- combating hunger and more
…all with virtually no freshwater used in the process.
As predicted by Arctic Blue Waters;
“War, famine, mass extinctions and catastrophic plagues will happen unless some kind of miraculous solution is found to the world’s rapidly growing water crisis.”2
True to these words, we are now witnessing how freshwater scarcity is increasingly leading to environmental degradation and socio-political conflict; turmoil that we believe is avoidable, by re-greening the world’s desert seacoasts with Integrated Seawater Agriculture.
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