Future of Farming
Today I read some statistics about farming and our food
production that I thought you might find interesting. First to state the
obvious the amount of land we have to farm is fixed on the earth. As our
population grows so will our need for food. By example, the world’s population
as doubled in the past 50 years to 7.8 billion and by 2050 its estimated to be
During the same time farms and ranches
that produce meat for food have quadrupled. 1 Billion pigs, sheep 1.5 billon
cows 23 billion chickens. The United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says that 26% of the earth
terrestrial surface is devoted to grazing for livestock. Simply stated 1/3 of
the available land is devoted to producing food for our food animals.
We are rapidly approaching the limit of how much food we can
raise to feed the growing population with traditional farming. The truth is we
are running out of space to farm and there is a competition for the existing
Aquaponics is a solution, a farming method that raises fish
(aquaculture) and plants in an environment that recirculates water between
them. Aquaponics generally accomplished in a large greenhouse where the
environment can be controlled enabling for year-round production.
· One acre of aquaponic farming can produce the
same six acres in a traditional farm.
· The grow medium is water so soil erosion, and
nutrient depletion are gone.
· Gone are the soil based contaminates. Aquaponics
allows for the creation of a sanitary environment and will not support e coli
and similar problems.
· Aquaponics support a higher density of crop
production with vertical farming techniques.
· Generally speaking Aquaponic farms are closer to
you the consumer so produce is fresher (lasts longer) , reduces “food Miles”
from the farm to you, and you can know where your food was raised.
· Aquaponic farms save water over traditional
farming. Water is reused instead of lost to runoff and consumed by nonfood
plants. Water is also limited commodity like farmland.
So given the choice would you choose products that taste
great, are chemical free, available year round, and help conserve our precious
land and water resources? If so you are
part of shaping our farming future for good!