Future of Farming

8/27/2020

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 9.7 billion.  

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 farming space.  

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.

Some benefits:

· 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!