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A new underwater greenhouse could reveal the future of agriculture

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It grows over 100 different fruits and vegetables.

By Derya Ozdemir
Interesting Engineering
May 17, 2022


The project is known as Nemo’s Garden, and it’s the world’s first—and only—underwater greenhouse. These biospheres utilize the ocean’s favorable environmental qualities like temperature stability, CO2 absorption, and natural pest control to create a habitat appropriate for producing a plethora of fresh produce, according to Euronews Green.

Nemo’s Garden has significant implications for the future of Earth, as it was specifically designed for regions where environmental, economic, or morphologic factors make plant development particularly challenging. The world will need to feed a global population of 9.3 billion amid increasingly unstable climate conditions by 2050, per United Nations, and the team behind the project believes that underwater farms could provide a supply of food for coastal populations where agriculture must be innovative to survive.

Nemo’s Garden came to be after Sergio Gamberini, president of diving equipment manufacturer Ocean Reef, was challenged by a farmer friend in 2012 to combine his experience building diving equipment with his love for gardening.

“Theoretically, the project considerably increases the percentage of the world’s surface that could be used for growing crops, especially in countries where environmental conditions make growing plants difficult,”

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