Food doesn't get any more local than this. Designer Mathieu Lehanneur, known to TreeHuggers for his controversial Bell-Air , has now developed the ultimate kitchen appliance: Local River, a "refrigerator-aquarium" where you breed freshwater fish and vegetables at the same time. The veggies keep the water clean by removing nitrates and other minerals. It can be seen in New York from 25 April at Artists Space Gallery.
Notes from the artist:
Anthony van den Bossche, spin doctor.
Artists Space Gallery, New York
Curator : Alexandra Midal
25 April to 21 June 2008
Local River, home storage unit for fish and greens
"The Locavores appeared in San Francisco in 2005 and define themselves as ‘a group of culinary adventurers who eat foods produced in a radius of 100 miles (160 km) around their city’. By doing so they aim to reduce impact on the environment inherent to the transport of foodstuffs, while ensuring their traceability.
Local River anticipates the growing influence of this group (the word ‘locavore’ made its first appearance in an American dictionary in 2007) by proposing a home storage unit for live freshwater fish combined with a mini vegetable patch. This DIY fish-farm-cum-kitchen-garden is based on the principle of aquaponics coupled with the exchange and interdependence of two living organisms - plants and fish.
The plants extract nutrients from the nitrate-rich dejecta of the fish. In doing so they act as a natural filter that purifies the water and maintains a vital balance for the eco-system in which the fish live. The same technique is used on large-scale pioneer aquaponics/fish-farms, which raise tilapia (a food fish from the Far East) and lettuce planted in trays floating on the surface of ponds."
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