“The project’s concept is elegant in its simplicity: Jordan’s solar energy desalinates the seawater, the desalinated water grows the crops (and the run-off cools the greenhouse) and the crops help plough carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil. Three tentpole challenges, tackled at once.
And along with being a sustainable use of resources, the project could bring another benefit. Once scaled up and commercialised – and especially if its methods are adopted by other farms in the country – it could give Jordan another list of valuable exports. Currently, the country imports 98% of its food.
“Jordan is dependent on food imports,” says Wabbes-Candotti, who works across the region but isn’t involved with the Sahara project. “Water is really the shortage. If you cannot depend on the rain, but have a reliable water supply with this desalinated water, then if you have adequate funding, and master the techniques… you can go produce food and even become an exporter of food.”
This Concept Could Be Applied To Sunny Coastal Countries All Over The World.
Sunny Landlocked Countries
THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
Could Pipe Seawater Inland To Make Their Deserts Bloom And Feed A Vegan Population.
SURE, IT WOULD BE PRICEY,
But Surviving Climate Change Won’t Be Cheap,
HALF OF AMERICA
TO BE CRITICALLY
IN TWENTY YEARS.
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