Could floating islands be a way to solve water pollution, in particular from the over-production of nutrients from industrial agriculture? Water clean-up is a huge issue today, with nearly a billion people who don’t have access to clean drinking water, and massive pollution, even in the United States.
In fact, not only is the world’s fresh water supply diminishing rapidly, the water we do have is so highly polluted that most water filters don’t take out the wide range of chemicals present. Most industrial agriculture – things like animal farming on a large scale – are producing so much water waste, it has changed the ecology of our entire planet. Researchers have currently identified 405 “dead zones” in the world’s oceans, caused primarily from industrial agriculture. This means that the runoffs like nitrogen and phosphorous kill off the oxygen, and with it, all life.
More than 2/3 of our nation are drinking water with high levels of nitrates or nitrites – and this needs to change.
Floating islands can be naturally occurring ways to filter and clean water, and through biomimicry, man-made versions can be created just about any size, and in any location.
Anne Kania is the Vice President of Floating Island International, providing a solution for this environmental crisis. Floating islands not only clean up the water and the entire water ecosystem they’re present in, they recycle excess nutrients, putting them toward a productive task like producing food.
Listen in to this episode of the Eph & Jeff show for a refreshing look at wastewater clean-up for local communities and the wider world.