Reported by The Huffington Post, “legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States”. Not only does a legal cannabis industry make sense, but it protects those millions of users by affording them with a controlled, regulated product that continues to get better in quality, composition and consumer safety. Any politician continuing their fight against legalization better put their alcohol down or be labeled for the hypocrite they are; and, if not a hypocrite then may I dare say, in the financial pocket of some group having a self interest to continue the ban.
The last few decades have been a time of dynamic changes across the world, with millions of people lifted out of poverty and a number of countries reaching middle income status. However, these achievements and changes have come at a significant cost to the environment. Increasing demand for energy, food, water and other resources has resulted in resource depletion, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change, pushing the earth towards its environmental limits. With humans now consuming more resources than ever before, the current patterns of development across the world are not sustainable. Competition for consumable food and water is greater than ever before.
OUR DIET IS NOW SCIENCE.
The future of both agriculture and ranching will require greater efficiency, symbiotic relations, and the maximum exclusion of Mother Nature’s extremes. The future of agriculture is in science, new technology, alternative energy, new lighting and cooling systems and smart phone applications not rows and hectors of dirt fields. Tomorrow’s farmer wears name brand sneakers to work not knee high rubber boots. We can now grow our food faster, safer, and healthier, with a fraction of the water use and waste and in a controlled, steady environment. Today’s farmers have embraced science and environmental responsibility. Today’s farmers are more aligned as being engineers than field croppers.
NEVER BEFORE has the agriculture field been so leveled. Hydroponic technology is developing at lightening speeds bringing crops to harvest faster, stronger, and healthier. These new break thru’s are humanity’s gain in the war against hunger; leaving no citizen un-fed.
Today’s vertical farming can be conducted in an area a fraction of the size needed for traditional dirt agriculture, using less than 1/20th of the water. Dirt farming utilizes 70% of the world’s fresh water supply with 80% of that water going towards evaporation or run off. Vertical, hydroponic technology can utilize reverse osmosis or desalinized water and lose only the water taken by the actual crop. With de-humidifiers installed, very little evaporation occurs, even in the warmest of climates.
Every individual can now eat healthy, locally grown food. Every country can now feed its citizens and guests. Every Sovereignty shall know it’s food source, food integrity, food safety, and food independence. Every Sovereignty shall now create ancillary industries providing it’s citizenry with high-tech supporting skill sets and jobs.
Key Principle #1
Improving the quality of life without increasing environmental degradation and without compromising the resource needs of future generations.
Key Principle #2
Applying life-cycle thinking which considers the impacts from all life-cycle stages of the production and consumption process.
Key Principle #3
Guarding against the re-bound effect, where efficiency gains are cancelled out by resulting increases in consumption (UNEP 2011).
Key Principle #4
Decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation by:
• Reducing material/energy intensity of current economic activities and reducing emissions and waste from extraction, production, consumption and disposal.
• Promoting a shift of consumption patterns towards groups of goods and services with lower energy and material intensity without compromising quality of life.
GET INVOLVED IN THE FUTURE OF FARMING
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