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Scientific America; Making Food System More Energy Efficient

Permanent Address: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=more-food-less-energy This article gets to the heart of the issues. I differ on the subject of efficiencies and local food production. Local does not mean soils are compromised if growing in soil-less recirculating beds. Judging from the root mass and vertical growing biomass it takes the terms square foot gardening to something more like … Continue reading

Food health and farm freedom, let my people go.

Raw Milk legislation by the FDA is unhealthy, unwise “On Wednesday January, 11 Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Herschberger must appear before a county judge in Baraboo, WI. His crime? Providing unpasteurized dairy products from his small herd of about twenty pastured cows to members of his own buying club.  Half way across the continent in … Continue reading

Where Do We Go From Here? Transition to a resource-based economy.

Based on the article below from Ugo Bardi, it is clear that as humans we behave like sheep or worse, lemmings, marching to our peril for some unclear reason. As an interconnected, mutually vulnerable world populace, maybe our best gene-saving response is to fall over the Seneca Cliff. It is a monetary path, driven by … Continue reading

Sustainable fish food for aquaponics; Bioponic nutrient cycling

What makes bioponics uniquely different that aquaponics is that while it supports fish, it does not require fish to fertlize the beds. A balanced system is like an ecosystem, supporting all varieties of life but not depending on one element to support the operation. Continue reading

Comparing Field Crop Farming vs Closed Loop Bioponics

Efficiencies of bioponic approach vs. conventional farming WATER Conventional: Water used on soil lost to water table. Only small amount is absorbed by roots. Excessive use of water increases reliance on municipal water causing higher sodium and chloride salt buildup, impedes plant growth. Bioponics: Uses 90% less water than conventional irrigation. Water used is recaptured … Continue reading

The Food Plant: Features of closed-loop process

By mimicking the way ponds naturally acquire fertility to feed fish and nourish plants throught nutrient cycling it is possible to apply this science to modern agriculture to create a more sustainable farming method. With the Bioponica™ Food Plant™ system, efficiencies are particularly important as the cost of attaining off site  sources of fertilizers and … Continue reading

The History of Farming As We Know It.

Reasons why the industrial farms will one day disappear. What successfully replaces this system will have to reverse these trends and do so sustainably. Limited resources impact the world – with the rising population, demand for fuel and diminishing quality of our soils it is important to focus on sustainable methods of farming. Water – “Global demand … Continue reading

Merry-Go-Round Saves Energy Pumps Water

  Kids have energy for play, pumps require energy for work. Here’s a play toy that turns work into childs play and pumps water for free. The company that makes the PlayPump hopes to put tens of thousands of these systems into community villages throughout the developing world. We like this idea at Bioponica for … Continue reading

Great TED Talk. Aquaculture Ecosystem

This Spanish fish farm is a major achievement! The importance of natural, controlled pond fertility as an alternative to manufactured fish food is can not be underestimated. It is an alternative to everything manufactured that is needed to build a food chain sufficient to feed populations entirely off the grid. Here, waste from the river … Continue reading

Urine as Mineral Fertilizer Substitute

Urine in crop production proves key to sustainability in developing countries.  In a comprehensive landmark study the Stockholm Environment Institute has defined the characteristics, economic value, application strategies and handling protocols for the use of urine in crop production. Their evidence is based on research and practical experiences in India, Africa, Europe and Central America. … Continue reading

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