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How Much Technology Is Needed to “Save the World?”

How Much Technology Is Needed to “Save the World?”
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

Technology will save the world, but not in the way most people think. 

The world today is so different from only twenty years ago that people who are now under the age of 30 would have been functionally illiterate back then. Telephones had cords that connected them to bases, televisions were less than 35 inches in size and had a very different meaning, personal computers were just becoming commonplace in homes and people who were in different political parties actually talked to each other and could pass legislation.

The impact of technology over the last 70 years is nearly incalculable and the expectation is that future technology will eventually solve ALL of our current and future problems. And it actually will (in many areas make life livable), except for one growing problem, there will be too many people to feed. Even using the most optimistic projections by the leading experts of today, the forecast for food production to feed the world will eventually fail due to the overwhelming numbers of humans. Then the world’s population will slowly or catastrophically crash back to a sustainable level.

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Interestingly, it is not land or fertilizer or lack of technology, or even lack of machinery that will eventually crash the system. It is the lack of fresh water necessary to grow food and animals (including humans). There is plenty of land to farm in the world, but most of it needs large amounts of water and water is very quickly becoming the constraint on farm output.

  • Most farming pollutes water.
  • All animal husbandry pollutes water.
  • Mixed farming using both plants and animals often leads to pollution as the farmers force the land to yield more and more food.
  • Water used in farming simply passes through the system.
  • Plants are watered and the excess flows into the ground or into local waterways.
  • Animals are watered and their urine and feces become a pollutant and the water cannot be used again.
  • Most of this water gets into the local waterways or into the ground water and is not usable again.

Water is the most precious commodity in the drive to feed a growing demand for food. The struggle over water resources has being going on for centuries and will get much more intense. Oil is being used to desalinate water on a massive scale in the Mid East; how long can that continue? Even with the money to buy water or use another country’s water to grow food for the people at home, eventually the locals will stop the practice of exporting their water in the form of food. Then, it will get ugly.

The technology that will save the world is actually over 4,700 years old. The owners of Portable Farms LTD have taken this semi-open system and modularized it in the modern fashion of systemizing and standardizing the components and made in available to investor, companies and countries. The Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems uses 90 to 95% less water than regular farming or gardening because the water is constantly recycled and does not evaporate back into the atmosphere. The water is used at its highest and best function of bringing moisture and nutrients to the plants in the Grow Trays. The water is used by the plants as they always have used water to transport the nutrient up the plant to make foliage and fruit.

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquapoics Systems

Tilapia in Portable Farms Aquapoics Systems

The fish in the Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems are kept in clean, covered Fish Tanks and fed a high-protein diet based on plant materials. Duckweed, prunings from the training and removal of plants in the system are used as well as feed from separate facilities that raise other plants, plus coffee grounds are all eaten by the Tilapia. They can also be fed a soy-based commercial chow as a full diet or as a supplement. The fish are the nutrient source for the plants and the system has been designed and built taking in the ratios necessary to raise the maximum about of vegetables in the least amount of space and still produce a large harvest of fish.

It’s not high technology that will save the world, it is very low tech and can be easily duplicated that will insure there will be survivors. Aquaponics will be a major contributor for saving the world. This technology will continue to spread rapidly because it has two very important facets that insure its success: 1) It creates jobs for semiskilled people, 2) It produces very large amounts of very healthy and nutrient rich food for a growing market.

This is a simple diagram of a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

This is a simple diagram of one module a Portable Farms Aquaponics System

The really tragic part is that even with the widespread use of Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems, the world population will crash. It is the smart people who are looking ahead who are willing to step into an investment and who know that the ROI is a good investment PLUS they will have food when everyone else is waiting for the food truck to arrive.

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