Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming – which doesn’t break ground at all – raise hopes it can feed the world.
(ed: with the rise of plant-based ‘meat’/’milk’ – food production will become much more localised – (and vertical-farming will be part of this..)
..no more need to transport bits of dead animals (+ kiwifruit etc.) to the other side of the planet – of course the nz dead-animal/milk industries are screwed – but nothing will change that..the entire food-production industry is about to be disrupted – and new zealand is totally unprepared –
– politicians won’t acknowledge this – ‘cos then they would be forced to say what they are going to do to prepare the country for this..how the current paradigm will be reconfigured..
hell..!..most of them probably don’t even know this is growling just over the horizon..
..i went to a thing @ auckland uni the other night – on sustainability – what will new zealand do..?..put on by the business school – and tho’ there were more ‘names’ there than needed – not one of them mentioned this in their presentations..(!).
..and going from what most of them said – they also haven’t got a clue about this…w.t.f..!..eh..?..oh well – they will find out soon enough..
..the only good news on this front is that (vegan) film director james cameron has bought a brace of dairy farms in nz – and he is converting them to growing non-animal food – and is experimenting with a whole bunch of crops – and my understanding is that he will make the results of these conversion-experiments open-source – so they will be available for those dairy farmers smart enough to realise what is coming up – and looking for solutions for themselves…)
Farming as we know it is failing.
Mom-and-pop operations are struggling to survive and Big Ag cares far more about its bottom line than about your health or the health of the planet.
Ecologists – anti-GMO activists – even sticker-shocked soccer moms in the produce aisle agree: It’s time for a revolution.
Now some experts are saying this revolution may come via vertical farming – in which produce is grown indoors, in stacked layers.
After years of technological trial and error the practice is primed for blastoff.The basic idea is not new.For centuries indigenous people in South America pioneered layered farming techniques and the term ‘vertical farming’ was coined by geologist Gilbert Ellis Bailey in 1915.But the need for its large-scale implementation has never been greater.Under our current system U.S. retail food prices are rising faster than inflation rates, and the number of ‘food insecure’ people in the country — those without reliable access to affordable nutritious options — is greater than it was before the era of agricultural industrialization began in the 1960s.And we’re only looking at more mouths to feed; according to the UN the world’s population will skyrocket to 9.7 billion by 2050 – an increase of more than 2.5 billion people.
Additionally climate change is threatening the sustainability of our current food production system.
Rising temperatures will reduce crop yields – while creating ideal conditions for weeds – pests and fungi to thrive.
More frequent floods and droughts are expected and decreases in the water supply will result in estimated losses of $1,700 an acre in California alone.
Because the agricultural industry is responsible for one-third of climate-changing carbon emissions – at least until Tesla reimagines the tractor – we’re trapped in a vicious cycle.
So how do we break out?