The future of food in the coming years will not be from some mono-culture behemoth food production system, but local farms that circle urban cities. Food will then be produced by:
Growing Local Food
For Local People
The 1000 mile salad if you just think about it is simply crazy. There is an enormous waste here in fuel and infrastructure costs to provide that salad on your plate in your home. Even worse, you have no idea where that food came from, what was used on it and even who produced it. Simply put, you have absolutely no control over food you purchase and eat.
Local food negates all this as it is local and is available for inspection by the local food purchasing public. Not only that, it is much fresher and will last longer eliminating waste normally associated with products we regularly eat. One other advantages is that the income for food purchases are kept local and can be use by local farmers to continuously improve quality, availability and diversity of what they are growing. Local food is a win-win for the consumer and the farmer.
The future farm that will be growing for the city core that uses their products will be grown in efficient, low energy use type greenhouses. This type of system has been used for many years in China and has fed many hundreds of millions of people in what I would call mega cities. It is simple and easy to implement and the results are there to see. It is impossible to argue with the success of this style and method of growing local food.
The times they are changing is a song that echoes in my mind as I am a child of the 60’s. Nothing is more true than that at this very moment. Times are changing, and the way we feed our country and local communities is going to have to change and change very soon. With the Grand Solar Minimum creating all types of food losses globally, things will need to be different if we are all going to eat on a daily basis. It is projected that this cooling period will last almost 35 years, and will damage greatly the way food is grown at the present.
I am impress by a company who is creating value for farmers who want to start using this new technology, as they have taken the basic Chinese Solar Greenhouse and added modern technology to improve it’s efficiency and easy of use in an almost plug-and-play system. Things like growing mushrooms in the same greenhouse that feeds CO2 to the vegetable plants growing in the same greenhouse. Also on the table are geothermal cooling and advanced coverings. These coverings are hail resistance, thermally insulating and create an evenly distributed sun light to the plants. Using efficient exhausting of heat build up is provided by a temperature differential vacuum system that brings in cooler air that replaces warmer air. In the winter, these systems can be buttoned up at night by automated blanket type of coverings and create huge energy savings.
ROI. Return of investment can be quite good as the production of mushrooms along with vegetable can quickly pay off the initial investment in their greenhouses. The idea of growing mushrooms in a greenhouse along with vegetables is a new idea here in the states. As you can see below, the typical greenhouse in China is as far as the eye can see. This could easily work here and in your city as well.
If you thought growing mushrooms is a crazy idea, then think again. There is a better way to do this and most of the work is done for you. The method is as follows: Composted materials like wood and straw are sterilized and formed into logs. These logs are then inoculated with mushroom spore and then frozen. These logs are then transported by regeneration trucks to the local grower who places the logs in a warm greenhouse on a rack. In ten days mushrooms may be harvested and continued for the next few months. This system is so simple that anyone could do it. See below.
If you are interested in this technology please contact me below. There will also be a seminar taking place here in Central Texas (Austin) for those interested in this new business model. The future is local food and as a community we all need to get involved. It is my opinion that this is a great start.
Cheers from Central Texas
I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book HERE.