FUTURE TRENDS IN AGRICULTURE

CarrotsPlany ResearcherThe future of agriculture will be driven by customers who demand pure fresh fruits and vegetables, and insist on knowing their source.  The future of agriculture will be lured, pulled, coaxed, and rewarded by health conscious people to grow clean, healthy, pure, competitive priced living foods.

 

People will drive the direction of agriculture toward sustainable production because sustainability is just that; it won’t run out of resources and stop.  People will also insist on ‘know your source’ informed nutrition, and accept direct delivery as direct as possible.

 

Starfield Centre's theme is local - "Good Food Close to Home"

 

The cost of fresh produce will most certainly rise. Other costs rising are water for irrigation and processing, food security, refrigeration, packaging, and transport from California, Mexico, Central America and China.

 

Droughts in California, Texas and Mexico are permanent.  The whole fresh food chain is undergoing an upward price trend and along with it the costs of health care.

 

Starfield Centre will be able to grow and process affordable produce because of year round regional production, and a reliance on renewable fuels for power & heating.

 

Greenhouse Industry Expansion

Greenhouse Industry ExpansionThe big changes in agriculture will see rising production of pure vegetables in greenhouses where managed growing environments maximize the growth potential of crop.

 

The best greenhouse producers will manage mineral nutrients, provide a full range of minerals in their crops and use less water in the production of crops. Since minerals are expensive, various ways will be developed to conserve minerals while the crops are growing. Re-circulating, drip irrigation systems and the use of liners are three such methods.

 

Ideally, greenhouses will be located right next to the cities they serve. Production will be sustainable, where the use of fossil fuels is low, arable land is not used, and the operation is pollution free. Sustainable by our definition is the ability to operate indefinitely without depleting natural raw materials such as topsoil and fossil fuels.

 

For the customer this results in fresh nutritious vegetables at competitive prices. In light of this, Starfield Centres are well positioned for expansion to meet the present and future demand for our products.

 

Water

Water is the earth’s most vital resourceIn a special issue of the National Geographic, in April 2010, it notes that “Water is the earth’s most vital resource. How we use and reuse water will help define the future of our planet.”

 

Steven Solomon, in his book Water, (published in 2010) notes: “In the first decade of the 21st century, an astonishing number of nations were so critically water stressed that they can no longer grow all the crops they need to feed and clothe their own populations. Growing crops is an astonishingly water intensive enterprise – about ¾ of mankind’s water use worldwide is for farm irrigation.

 

“In the dawn of the 21st Century, for the first time in history, mankind’s unquenchable thirst, whetted by a voracious industrial demand, gargantuan engineering capacities, and sheer multiplication of human population and individual consumption levels, was starting to significantly outstrip many planetary ecosystems absolute supply of readily accessible and renewable, clean, fresh, liquid water (from rainfall, and thousands of dams, and groundwater).

 

Based on current usage trends, practices and foreseeable technologies, it was doubtful there is enough freshwater returning to the Earth’s surface in the natural water cycle of evaporation and precipitation to sustain economic growth. An explosion of competition for fresh water looms.”

 

Starfield Centre emphasizes the conservation of water in growing crops and by doing so there is a bright future for our communities.

 

Climate Change

Responsible Agriculture to Reduce Climate ChangeHuman activity is changing the climate. In pre-industrial times, the carbon dioxide (C02) level in the atmosphere was 280 ppm (part per million). In 2012, the level is 400 ppm, and the rate is accelerating. 400 ppm is considered just sly of the “tipping point”. The point of no return, or true tipping point, lies in the range of 400-500 ppm.

 

Everything must be done to reduce carbon emissions, including but not limited to a serious abandonment of fossil fuel consumption.

 

The NOAA (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) stated in July 2012 that the major cause of bad weather is man made. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; a group of 2,500 independent scientists) has consistently warned that fossil fuel emissions (C02) are causing climate change. The conclusion is that current droughts and storms are not a cycle. Each year they will become more severe because fossil fuel emissions in the atmosphere are cumulative.

 

One Degree

Over the last century there has been a 1 degree Celsius (1.5°F) rise in temperature, which is considered an extremely large increase by Earth’s planetary standards. Elevated C02 levels today are melting the Arctic seas. With a rise of 1 more degree the Greenland ice sheet will melt. That has already begun.

 

Less Than a Decade Left

There is less than a decade left to stop the rise of 1 degree. Emissions must level off. Lowering the particulate in North America will not stop the particulate pollution in India (1 million people per year die of air pollution) and China. So we still face the same problem of particulate pollution. If particulate pollution is eliminated then warming will not accelerate. There is no choice but to lower fossil fuel

burning. As it is, agriculture in California and Mexico will fall dramatically or cease from a lack of water. This has already started. Production will have to shift to other regions.

 

A larger greenhouse industry is needed to protect food production and provide food resilience. Starfield Centre grows crops with 1/20th of the water used by dry land farming, and is powered with heat and electricity from renewable fuels, both of which are carbon neutral and create minimal particulates. This is the future of sustainable food production.

 

 

 

Starfield Centre, Naturally Nutritious Vegetables

Plany Researcher

Greenhouse Industry Expansion

Water is the earth’s most vital resource

Responsible Agriculture to Reduce Climate Change

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