A recent news story garnered a lot of attention on Salondotcom regarding big business giants like Monsanto and their recent push to acquire and control farmers data. For farmers, the risks of big data seem to pierce right to the heart of how they make a living. What would it mean, for instance, for Monsanto to know the intricacies of their business? This past October Monsanto spent close to $1 billion to buy the Climate Corporation, a data analytics firm. Last year the chemical and seed company also bought Precision Planting, another high-tech firm, and also launched a venture capital arm geared to fund tech start-ups. In November, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer announced plans to partner to provide farmers information and prescriptions in near-real time. Deere has pioneered “precision farming” equipment in recent years, equipping tractors and combines to automatically transmit data collected from particular farms to company databases. DuPont, meanwhile, has rolled out a service that analyzes data into actionable management strategies. The future could be emails to systems when crops need water or nutrients. Seems pretty efficient right?
Americans are paying attention to their food supply and are genuinely concerned. They see reports about chemicals and fillers being added to food to increase yields for no purpose but to increase profit. Monsanto is a leading contributor to American food supply chain. Medical experts are linking chemicals in food to a wide range of illnesses, so whats the answer? Grow it yourself. But how can millions of people grow their own food with no experience? The answer is Aquaponics.
Aquaponics has been proven to be the most effective method of growing fruits and vegetables in small spaces. Consider these facts.
1. Farm and ranch lands cover approximately 39% of the Earth’s land area.
2. Agriculture consumes nearly three-quarters of the Earths available fresh water.
3. Agriculture activities such as clearing land, growing rice, raising cattle and over using fertilizers make up 35% of the single largest contributor of greenhouse gases to the Earths atmosphere.
4. Approximately 40% of all crops that the planet produces are used to feed animals.
5. Fish are the single most efficient converter of “feed to flesh” of mainstream edible animals.
It takes 1 lb. of feed to produce 1 lb. of edible fish versus over 8 lbs. of feed to produce 1 lb of beef.
Aquaponics is the best solution this this problem and there is no reason why everyone should not have some type of Aquaponics system in their home or yard.
John Callahan is a consultant and contributing writer for the Aquaponic industry and teaches people how to live with balance in their lives. Contact John with questions on this topic. John see’s Aquaponics as the solution to global hunger and wants to share the knowledge with others. reCALIBRATEYOURSELF.COM