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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

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 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

The Treadle Water Pump. With a bit of ingenuity, possibilities are limitless.

In developing countries the treadle is changing lives by simplifying the process of moving water, without electricty. As it makes conventional agriculture more efficient, the treadle water pump is a brilliant idea that can be applied to low energy aquaponic gardens to take them entirely off the grid. More dependable than solar panels, wind power and batteries, the treadle is another remarkable means to … Continue reading

Berlin Designer Invents Watergy; A Greenhouse That Condenses Water from Air and Sea Salt

  This system seen in this video was the 2010 runner up in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. It is a greenhouse that utilizes convection to condense water from air. It is basically a water production system for arid climates to grow food and satisfy water needs for a community. If ideas like this were applied on a small scale, water … Continue reading

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