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Brief Published: 16 Apr 2012

Film Farming


Dubai-based agricultural company Agricel has launched a revolutionary farming system for water-scarce regions.

Film farming uses a hydro-membrane composed of water-soluble polymers and hydrogel instead of soil. The plant develops fine, dense roots that attach to the membrane’s surface to absorb the water and nutrients it needs. The system uses 90% less water than conventional farming methods and 80% less fertiliser.

Agricel chairman Omar Ghobash says: “With the world population predicted to reach 9 billion in 2043, and water scarcity becoming a real threat to millions of people each year, Agricel will be able to ensure that resources are utilised in the most efficient way possible.”

Water scarcity is one of today’s most serious environmental issues. See our coverage of the Drylands Design Conference for architectural strategies to alleviate water scarcity in the Western US.


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