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Food prices increased considerably over the last few months as a result of bad harvests and a shortage of amongst others maize and soy. It is expected that this trend will continue and that we will experience a worldwide food crisis. Phillipp Saumweber wants to prevent this. He has developed a revolutionary system with which he can produce food in the desert.
For this Saumweber went to Australia, about 3 hours driving from Adelaide. He bought a big piece of land there on which he placed a futuristic glasshouse. He is successful in making something from nothing in the glasshouse. He uses the sun to take the salt out of sea water and with that irrigates, heats and cools the glasshouse. In this way the glasshouse is suitable for growing large quantities of vegetables. This continues all through the year and there is no need to use protection means. Up to now tons of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers have been produced and Sundrop Frams, which is the name of the company of Saumweber, has also established itself in Qatar.
With this enormous harvest Sundrop Farms can only be called a success. In the meantime investors and supermarkets are queuing to start a cooperating arrangement with the company. Thanks to investors a new glasshouse is being financed, which will be 40 times as big as the present glasshouse. In this glasshouse
2.8 million kilo of tomatoes and 1.2 million kilo of peppers will be produced, which will be sold again via supermarkets.
To prevent food crisis
Experts agree that there is no end to the possibilities. The Dutch water engineer Reinier Wolterbeek works as a project manager for Sundrop and says: "The sky is the limit. All of us are young and ambitious and have shown to horticulturists, economists and supermarket buyers, that what we are doing is working and commercially interesting and that it is now also possible to grow protein in this closed glasshouse environment. And that means nothing less than that we are able to feed the world."