March 5th, 2011


The future of farming

I think the future of farming is (semi-)closed-system vertical farming. Seal up a stack of prefabbed farming units in a vertical enclosure, all carbon and nitrogren, etc, remains in the enclosure. Each unit comes with sun-lamps and soil for growing things. Some units could be used to raise livestock. And in skyscraper-sized buildings, the sides could be made of glass to let in sunlight (except I don't think that would work well on livestock levels. Better put the livestock in the underground levels).

With vertical farms, we could reap the benefits of farming - even raising food animals - without the environmental impact. Vertical farms could replace the old style of farming by quintupling (or better) the usefulness of an area of land. Old fashioned sprawl farms could be replaced by stack farms that go several levels down in the ground, and loads of levels up in the air. Old, obsolete farmland could then be returned to nature, trees planted, etc. More trees equal less carbon in the air, which means less global warming.

Some people are already experimenting with this. If it succeeds to the levels I hope it does, a few dozen of these stack farm buildings could feed a whole city. We could then convert old farmland into national parks and watch nature flourish on the land we used to use so inefficiently.

Yes, I think this is the future. And it would be an area for businesses to expand into when the 3D printing technology becomes fabbers capable of making anything, so they can stay alive after the means of production is put into the hands of the workers. Which they'll need all the places to expand to that they can, to survive. The days of corporations are numbered unless they adapt to the future that's coming. They'll have to rely on providing services, mainly, because most products will be able to be fabbed by anyone with a fabber machine.

Crossposted from

Writer's Block: Dear LiveJournal

How long have you been on Livejournal? What major life changes has LiveJournal witnessed?
I've been here since 2004. LiveJournal has seen lots of changes in my life. I moved a couple times, I no longer live in Iowa, I found out I'm a Multiple, I discovered and explored ageplay, and I went from struggling to cope in the workplace to getting on disability. There's more, but that's the major things.