Between factory farms, rampant pesticide use, and genetic engineering, the food system is slowly being strangled to death by corporate interests. The good news is that people are getting wise to the inconsistencies of Big Agriculture, and reclaiming responsibility for what they eat, and how it’s grown.
This awakening has led to a resurgence in small, local farming, artisan food producers, and transformed organic food from a niche market to a multi-billion dollar industry. But many of these sustainable farmers find themselves living a contradiction: while they’re supporting a healthier world with their produce, they’re supporting the dirty fossil fuel industry with their equipment.
This dichotomy is what inspired designer Gabriel Henrique Floss to conceptualize an agricultural vehicle that would rely on renewable energy while providing both comfort and utility for the driver.
The ARAM is a single-passenger for harvesting and planting in a small to mid-sized farm environment. It aims to offer favorable conditions for the worker who is toiling so that we can have a healthy diet. It has four electric motors on the wheels, which are powered by a solar panel on the roof. The ARAM also features storage space for harvest boxes and trays of seeds.
Floss hopes that the ARAM could be used to ensure convenience, comfort and support, allowing farmers to moving easily above the beds during manual planting and harvesting.