New indoor farming technology unlocks the doors to true freedom
March 26, 2010 2 Comments
Sustainability and greater personal freedom from the bonds of money has now become attainable for all of those so inclined to invest a small amount of time and money towards growing their own organic produce, no matter where they live.
The same technologies which have allowed marijuana growers to put million-dollar grow operations inside of innocent-looking suburban homes are now inexpensive and efficient enough to produce other crops such as tomatoes and lettuce at a cost competitive with supermarket prices. These plants also can be organically grown using no pesticides or herbicides and only a fraction of the water used in traditional methods.
Since these grow systems can be set up virtually anywhere, they can actually be built in the cities and towns where the produce is consumed. When you consider that food currently averages at least 1400 miles “from farm to fork”, that is a huge energy savings in transportation alone. The only problem is that these farms don’t yet exist, although there is no shortage of proposed designs and projects well under way.
A number of efforts have sprung up locally in places like Detroit, where one of the few remaining extremely wealthy residents has vast plans to use abandoned buildings and an idle workforce to re-invent the food industries in the surrounding area.
Then, of course, there is Dr. Despommier from Columbia University; he is the main proponent behind the Vertical Farm Project and author of numerous widely-circulated articles on the subject of evolving 21st century food production methods. His stature in the world of vertical farming is rivaled only by Patrick Blanc, the man who has helped turn hundreds (if not more) buildings throughout Europe into living, breathing gardens.
These people and many more are helping to spread the use of advanced farming techniques which can help to make our world a far safer and more enjoyable place to live, but if films like the recent (award winning) Food, Inc. are any indication then the task is incredibly urgent and absurdly daunting in scope.
Sadly, the government funds which would go towards these types of programs in a more sane world are simply unattainable, thanks in no small part to a failed prohibition that empowers terrorist organizations throughout the world.
Luckily, we as individuals are not entirely helpless in this quickly-evolving situation. Self-sufficiency and independence from a corporate world of food gone mad is now possible for those of us still willing to fight for our survival and the prosperity of future generations. And our failed prohibition is already on its way out the door, thanks to the same advances in technology which allowed me to research, write and publish this blog.
The video below talks mainly about lights, but there are more links describing how to build the entire system if you go to the YouTube page by clicking on the video. This is one of the best do-it-yourself systems around, but don’t take my word for it. Check out the size of his (one) tomato plant:
If you are looking for a simpler, less expensive and possibly even more effective way to grow bumper crops then be sure to check out coconut coir fiber. It is cheap because it comes from coconut husks which are plentiful yet have a limited number of other uses. Since the husk’s job in nature is to help provide an ideal growing medium for the little seedling, there is no real wonder why it works so well. It is nothing short of the evolution of evolution..
As for our failed prohibition, President Obama has recently announced a “townhall” meeting on 4/20 being held at Facebook — with the stated intent of discussing ways to grow the economy! Speculation among cannabis activists and entrepreneurs is all over the place, so at the very least it will be quite entertaining to see what this is all about:
“On April 20th, President Obama heads to California to hold a very special facebook town hall about the economy,” wrote Erin Lindsay, a White House spokeswoman in a blog post about the event. “The President will connect with Americans across the country to discuss the tough choices we must all make to put our economy on a more responsible fiscal path, while still investing in the innovation economy that makes America more competitive.”
Facebook users can post questions on the site’s event page or via a form on the White House website and Facebook will select which questions will make the cut.
Regarding the status of Detroit’s empty warehouses being turned into greenhouses — progress, of sorts, is being made:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) – Police uncovered a major pot growing operation inside a Detroit warehouse Saturday. Nearly $750,000 worth of marijuana was seized. Eight thousand plants were found growing inside the building on Loraine near Grand River and Warren..
“They were pretty creative and came up with some ingenius ways to save money,” said one officer. “But we caught up to them..”