What is Food 3.0 and Urban Farming?
So what is food 3.0? It’s just urban farming. It’s an ingenious idea its so simple it makes me wonder why even I didn’t think about it. Paperless solutions are important and well companies do need to go paperless to see some real eco progress but what good is a paperless solution to a hungry man? Nothing… I wouldn’t care about paperless… anything if I were starving or the cost of food was so high that I could barely afford it.
Have you ever had a bunch of stats just thrown in your face? Like bam! There it is! Here you go. No? Well get ready cause I’m about to throw some numbers around.
Nine billion people will inhabit the earth before the next three decades. Fact. Right now we are at seven billion pushing to eight. Food production has to double if we are going to sustain human life at a reasonable level.
Reverting to the Old Ways of Supplying Food
If this were ten thousand (10,000) years ago I wouldn’t need to worry. People didn’t need to worry about food because the population was less than two billion and there was more than enough to go around but today the agricultural industry has “boomed” along with the population yet animals and plants are becoming extinct with each passing day, so as we’re increasing our resources are depleting. In the future what we have will not be enough. Which brings us to food 3.0: Urban Farming. The food 3.0 project hopes to meet very ambitious yet feasible goals
The Benefits of Urban Farming
- Eliminating production losses: Weather, disease, pests, fertility, and spoilage reduce crop yields by up to 75%. Controlling the growing environment will aid in making huge yield increases.
- Drastically reducing non- renewable inputs in agriculture: Combining renewable energy and precision water systems with controlled environment technologies can reduce dependence on non-renewable inputs energy, water and chemicals.
- Optimizing plants for low-input production: Advances in genomics, molecular biology and physiology make it possible to optimize plants for high yields in low-input environments.”
Here are Some Top Tips for Urban Farming for Beginners:
1. Start small: If you’re new to urban farming, it’s best to start with a small garden or a few potted plants. This will allow you to learn the basics and gradually expand your urban farming efforts.
2. Choose the right plants: Select plants that are well-suited for urban environments, such as herbs, leafy greens, and compact fruit varieties. These plants are often easier to grow and maintain in limited spaces.
3. Utilize vertical space: Make the most of your available space by using vertical gardening techniques. Install trellises, hanging baskets, or wall-mounted planters to maximize your growing area.
4. Use quality soil and compost: Invest in good quality soil and compost to provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. Consider using organic fertilizers and composting your kitchen scraps to create nutrient-rich soil amendments.
5. Water efficiently: Urban farming often comes with limited water resources, so it’s important to water your plants efficiently. Use drip irrigation systems or water-saving techniques like mulching to minimize water waste.
6. Consider container gardening: If you have limited outdoor space, container gardening can be a great option. Use pots, raised beds, or even repurposed containers to grow your plants.
7. Learn about local regulations: Before starting your urban farm, familiarize yourself with any local regulations or restrictions that may apply. Some cities have specific rules regarding urban farming practices, so it’s important to comply with them.
8. Join a community garden: If you don’t have access to outdoor space, consider joining a community garden in your area. This will allow you to grow your own food while connecting with other urban farmers and sharing resources.
Remember, urban farming is a learning process, so don’t be afraid to experiment and adapt your methods as you gain experience. Happy farming!
By creating these mini environments in which food can be grown in the urban areas i.e. your city apartment, your balcony almost anywhere they are effectively increasing the amount of food production enough for families and individuals in the future. I have to say, the future is looking pretty bright at the moment.
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