Italian farmers are growing strawberries in underwater balloons

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Growing and harvesting strawberries on land is one thing, but doing it underwater takes farming to a while new level.

Italian divers are doubling as farmers, using the floor of the sea as their harvesting area. The farmers use underwater greenhouses -- which resemble balloons -- to plant seeds of basil, lettuce, strawberry, and beans, creating an underwater harvest.


The underwater balloons, or transparent "biospheres" are a part of Nemo's Garden project, an initiative that has been around for three years now. They can be found in Savona, Italy, beneath the Bay of Noli. The project's goal is to create alternative sources of plant production in areas where environmental conditions make conventional farming unrealistic.

Ultimately, the effort has consistently been striving to discover and create an economically sound technology for alternative farming. While underwater balloon farming is innovative, it definitely requires a lot of work.

Is this the future of farming? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

See amazing photos of the underwater strawberry farming process in the gallery below:

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Italian farmers are growing strawberries in underwater balloons
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks an immersed biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks immersed biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks immersed biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi checks condensation inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks condensation inside an immersed biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks condensation inside an immersed biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. This picture taken on June 27, 2015 shows the underwater garden known as Nemo's Garden, in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
**TO GO WITH AFP FEATURE STORY BY OLIVIER MORIN, WITH ANGUS MACKINNON IN ROME. Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi, checks immersed biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. Three biospheres filled with unpolluted air helps plants grow underwater at a depth of 8 meters. In the homeland of pesto, diving enthusiasts have come up with a way of growing basil and other plants in a process that could revolutionise crop production in arid coastal areas around the world. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi sets some soil inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi sets some soil inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi set some soil inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi set some soil inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi set some soil inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi checks sensors inside immerged Biosphere on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi check immerged Biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi check immerged Biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Project coordinator of Nemo's Garden, Gianni Fontanesi check immerged Biospheres on June 27, 2015 in Noli. 3 biospheres with air welcome seeds of basilic and others green plants to study their grows immerged at 8m in complete autonomy thanks to the natural Photosyntesis process, protected from any pollution from the outdoor plantations. This project is part of the Italian Pavillon theme at the EXPO2015 , 'how to feed the planet'. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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