Spot Refresh, Lifestyle to Feed the World in 2050

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion or 34% percent over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), in order to feed this larger, more urban and richer population, food production (net of food used for biofuels) must increase by 70 percent. it takes at least an increase in agricultural production by 70 percent. As the population grows, it requires problem solving to meet the needs of growing food. Food security is a complex problem given interconnections and interdependencies in a global food system that is fundamentally dependent on soil, precipitation and water availability, climate and a host of services the earth provides and at the same time influenced significantly by trade, urbanization, changing demographics, and energy, water and land use policy. While agricultural land increasingly narrow, fertile area which began contaminated, and the numbers are still high food waste becomes a major problem in meeting the consumption needs of the wider community.

Students of the Bogor Agricultural University IPB), namely Rizky Maulana, Ega Anggraini and Robby Arinal M. Hasan (Department of Animal Production and Technology, Faculty of Animal Husbandry), Aqlima Boupasslina (Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture) and Fifi Muslimah (Department of Family and Consumers, Faculty of Human Ecology) initiated to design innovative minimalist of agricultural production systems by utilizing the narrow space named Spot Refresh for Improved Food. Spot refresh is a project which is combining the concept of Hydroponic and Fisheries, known as aquaponic, to optimize limited urban communities’ spot utilization for food production.

Spot Refresh is expected to be a solution to improve the family agricultural production and change the consumer lifestyles the communities in the early period  (consume lifestyle) to be the consumers who participated as secondary producers (co-producing consumer lifestyle). Communities could specialize in vegetable and practice fish farming in a small spot for family consumption,  needs with the use of existing space in their home environment. Spot Refresh is designed as simple as possible so it is easy to maintain. With Spot Refresh, people can simultaneously reduce food waste by reducing the distribution chain and changing consumption lifestyle.

This project aims to affect urban lifestyle and mind set about food production and consumption to support food independence and sustainability which will also decrease 2050’s global hunger issue. The combination of hydroponics and fisheries have been selected for these two agricultural systems independent from each other. This technology will help the urban people to produce food by their own and Farmers to providing food for them who need help to feed their selves. The overall system will be supporting zero hunger in 2050. The water where the fishes’ manure are produced are used as organic fertilizer the world over. The nutrients in hydroponics can be from fish waste. Vegetables using hydroponics system with nutrients derived from fish waste would be healthier for family consumption and to support water savings.

Spot Refresh attractive design will become one of the furniture "refresher" in the house that produce healthy food for the family. It is expected in the future, every family has Spot Refresh site as one of the efforts to comply with the concept of world food lifestyle changes that are more productive in supporting their food needs. The idea of these IPB students are going to be sent for "Thought for Food Challenge" competition as one of the world's food concerned to be supported for the  community application. (Wied)

Published Date : 12-Jan-2017

Subject : Rizky Maulana, Ega Anggraini dan M. Robby Arinal Hasan, Aqlima Boupasslina dan Fifi Muslimah

Keyword : Spot Refresh