For the past decades, the planet went through overabundant natural catastrophes, unsettling wildfires, unseasonal snowstorms, and unexpected floods. The climate crisis of today, is no longer seen as very distant from dystopian scenarios that were once only imagined. We saw that coming, and unfortunately, we have not done anything about it. However, as we are now living with catastrophes, the abnormal is becoming the new normal, and we are adapting.

Cow’s on Rotterdam’s waters

In Rotterdam, there exists a unique floating farm where dozens of cows reside and graze. The farm is equipped with advanced technology such as a milking robot, ample living quarters, and an automated feeding system, providing the cattle with luxurious accommodations on the water. The cows are also able to access an adjacent pasture for outdoor activities. Additionally, the floating farm is designed to be entirely self-sufficient and operates on a circular economy model.

The innovative Floating Farm in Rotterdam, housed in the refined Merwehave, is the world’s first of its kind and stands as a shining example of the Netherlands’ dedication to green technology. It utilizes floating solar panels to meet its energy needs and employs a rainwater collection and purification system. The cows’ diet is primarily sourced from within the city, consisting of a diverse menu of options such as brewers’ grains, bran, leftover potatoes, and grass from local sports and golf courses. Not only is the concept clever, but the farm also places a strong emphasis on transparency, allowing visitors to witness the farm’s operations, from seeing the cows themselves to observing the production of their feed, to learning about the process of creating dairy products. The milk produced is used to make dairy items, while the manure is recycled as a high-quality organic fertilizer for plants, gardens, and city parks.

The new survival method

However, the main question is why create a floating farm?  This farm is actually an innovative solution to two pressing issues: the scarcity of agricultural land and the impact of climate change. The farm is built on water due to the growing concern that as the world’s population continues to rise, we must find new ways to feed everyone. Additionally, the farm is situated in a delta region that is particularly vulnerable to rising water levels and extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall and flooding. The farm’s location on the water allows food production to continue even in the event of severe flooding.

Some people think that It is not only a solution to the problem but also an architectural beauty, a perfect blend of innovation, and modern design on the water.

In conclusion, we are welcoming the new era of adaptability preparing for the catastrophic future instead of working towards preventing it.

*Inspired by the movie “once you know” of Emmanuel Cappellin.
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