i want this! created by conceptual devices, Malthus is a kitchen appliance from the future. it will grow you one balanced meal a day… complete with a portion of fish and a salad. it was presented earlier this year at the Nordic Environmental Social Sciences Conference in Stockholm.
the appliance uses aquaponic farming – which is a technique that combines the cultivation of fish with the growing of vegetables. basically, the fish provide the fertilizer that is used for the plants – and in return, the plants clean the water inside the fish tank. for aquaponic farming to work – all the parts have to work in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Malthus contains a 400-liter fish tank that can support a bunch of different kinds of fish species… tilapia, salmon, carp and grey fish to name a few. above the tank lay three different grow beds for different vegetables. water is pumped throughout the three levels and then goes back into the fish tank!
this kind of appliance would be great for apartments or for spaces that don’t have access to a garden (or a fresh fish pond for that matter…). whether Malthus is actually a feasible appliance or not, it is still a fascinating concept that deserves recognition.