The Ultimate Recycle Bin Nourishes As Well

All those people who scorn at green ideas, here’s the Mother of Them ALL, and its by biggie Philips, so lets see what you’re gonna do about it! Biosphere Home Farming is a structure that houses fishes, root veggies, grasses, plants and algae all under one roof. It takes all your kitchen-trash as fodder for the farm and manages to generate food, water and cooking gas for the family. In short you consume your trash in a more refined way! Ok, enough of green bashing hit the jump to see what exactly Philips has to say about this concept.

“Biosphere home farming concept generates food and cooking gas, while filtering water. The concept supplements a families nutritional needs by generating several hundred calories a day in the form of fish, root vegetables, grasses, plants and algae. Unlike conventional hydroponic nurseries this system incorporates a methane digester than produces heat and gas to power lights, similarly algae produces hydrogen and the root plants produces oxygen, which is fed back to fish. CO2 is pumped into the plants. It is a closed loop interdependent system. The system uses waste water and non-consumable household matter and delivers food in return.”

Designer: Philips

31 Comments

  • Wybie says:

    excellent, absolutely brilliant

  • Carl says:

    what an unworkable crock.a complete dreamer..

    • Noah says:

      Not really, think “space station”, not quite so unworkable is it? Besides, they sell small-scale things like this in the Mesopotamian museum, sure in that case it’s a glass globe with algae and krill, but it’s the same idea.

      • Carl says:

        go and live on a spacestation then

        • steveo says:

          Fuck you, you luddite piece of shit! Eat shit and die!

        • Jim says:

          Biospheres can be made out of simple items. It does not necessarily need to be manafactured by a large company. It is a completely self sustaining system that takes little maintenance once set up.

    • Erin St Clair says:

      I suppose u dont believe the world is round..
      Personally. .I want one..

  • agatzebluz says:

    Excellent !! Just have to own a very big house and kitchen …

  • foodtown says:

    hope one day it might come into our life

  • well my guess is that it would survive (produce) for 60-120 days until the owners got tired of it and let the fish/plants die from neglect.

    • Lexi says:

      That’s a lame way to put it. Might as well not get pets then. Since it’s going to die anyway from neglect.

  • AlienzExist says:

    We need more ideas like this.

  • christiaan says:

    Cool! This is the same topic we are working on for an Urban Farming project in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts.

  • Roger says:

    Having some experience with a “planted tank” that had Supplemental Co2 Injection, special lighting and an eye on keeping it all in balance, I can only imagine how hard it would be to keep the above setup in equilibrium.
    I’d love to see the designer give that a try and then draw up a new tank design.

  • John Yeoman says:

    The great problem is going to be to sustain the balance of the eco-system. Jeff de Korn tried something similar 15 years ago in a greenhouse, feeding the fish on mosquitoes and other insects attracted by the light. Great idea but the system is very fragile…

  • John Yeoman says:

    The great problem is going to be to sustain the balance of the eco-system. Jeff de Korn tried something similar 15 years ago in a greenhouse, feeding the fish on mosquitoes and other insects attracted by the light. Great idea but the system is very fragile…

  • Riya says:

    a new idea will work..

  • Misti says:

    I’m interested to see the results of some consumer testing, see if the Average Joe can keep it going, or if it takes too much know-how to be a practical product to market. Its a concept that’s been played around with for a while and I’d like to see it succeed. We need alternative ways to deal with household waste and generate green energy as well as food for the home.

  • terryLL says:

    & GE is the light of the world. To cultivate a garden is to walk with God.

  • ben says:

    cool concept
    see same thing created in Kona
    “food machine YWAM” on YouTube

    seems like you’d have little room for error with this small version??? water temps and chemistry are hard to manage on small tanks

  • morgan hutchinson says:

    Wow people need to open their minds! I think this is an awesome idea. I saw a similar larger scale model in Disney’s Epcot center. With a rapidly changing climate and growing population this may be coming into homes faster than a lot of people imagine:) kudos to the designers

  • Joe Button says:

    Great for a hobby piece, beautiful, and an expensive investment. The rewards for such a small system would likely disinterest most people very quickly. On a large scale however with many busy bees and high tech control systems we will see much more of this in our future.

  • Atul Garud says:

    Great idea. Soon such systems will be the part of our everyday life. With growing population we need more recyclable ideas to save our planet.

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