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Sowing the seas

November 12, 2008
The Independent recognized Carl Hodges of the Seawater Foundation as one of the top environmentalists in 2007.
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LONDON, England (CNN) — Atmospheric physicist Carl Hodges founded the Seawater Foundation in 1977 in an attempt to alleviate some of the world’s most complex ecological problems. Hodges’ unique approach draws seawater inland, irrigating otherwise barren coastal desert regions and turning them green.

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The results are spectacular, with seawater-tolerant plants (including the biofuel crop salicornia) providing a new home for wildlife as well as creating food, jobs and prosperity for previously poverty-stricken areas. In Eritrea, Africa, the Seawater Foundation has created the world’s first integrated sea farm for shrimp, fish and halophytes covering over 1000 hectares.

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CNN: What did you learn from the sea farm venture you set up in Eritrea in 1999?

The thing I learned that was most strong was what people really need is purpose and hope…and the sea.

Carl Hodges, founder of the Seawater Foundation.

CNN: This is a big vision. Just how realistic is your solution?

CH: I think 100%.
We started sea water agriculture.
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