In 2015, DeeperBlue.com reported on the Kickstarter campaign by Ocean Reef Group to fund the Nemo’s Garden project, which aims to grow food underwater.
Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds, with the successful growing of lettuce, beans, red cabbage, basil, and strawberries. The project has also been able to successfully grow other herbs and plants with medical uses.
So far, the team has learned that plants grow quicker under water, and that growing plants under the sea has no adverse effects on them.
The next phase of the project will include the construction of an observation pod, as well as an invertebrate forest, which aims to create fertiliser for the plants.
The aim of the project is to prove that food can be grown underwater, which will reduce pressure on arable land, as well as increase food security across the globe. Growing food underwater has many advantages, including a constant temperature, and the lack of pests and diseases, which reduces the use of pesticides.