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Solving Global Pollution, Poverty and their Consequences
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http://www.pfaf.org/user/Default.aspx The automated farming robots (light weight, ceiling-suspended Baxters equipped with Affordable Prosthetic Hands?) handle all of the planting, growing and harvesting chores. The ceiling-suspended robots, pictured above, could fully automate the greenhouse and greatly reduce its total size, since footpaths between plants would be unnecessary.
Overpopulation is straining the planet's and the food industry's ability to feed everyone. Food is the most expensive part of the monthly budget of most people. Poor food choices significantly affect health and longevity.
The Scalable Portable Automatable and Closable Ecosystem (SPACE) House includes a large and expandable (1000 sq ft per person) greenhouse:
"Feeding a Family of Five with a Portable Farm in 125 sq ft
Starting with USDA data for a healthy diet and accepting that a majority of carbohydrates will come from grains and root crops, the table vegetables for one person can be grown in 25 sq ft of aquaponics grow tray space. So a family of five will need 125 square feet of grow tray space or a Grow Tray 5' wide by 25' long.
A climatically adapted greenhouse that is 10' by 30' will feed the family of five year round, forever. That space is only slightly larger than a modern living room...
The source is from our own research and that of several universities on the food an adult requires to be well fed and healthy. The reference is to table vegetables and we are very careful to specify that this does not include root vegetables or grains."
Most root vegetables and grains do not grow well hydroponically, aquaponically, aeorponically, etc.
Garden Size ~ 1/10 acre (3,900 sq.ft. / ~ 66' x 66')
With 7,000lbs harvested…90% of our vegetarian diet comes from the garden so we eat on almost $2.00 per day per person.
Other Intensive Gardening Techniques
"Biotensive soil care and gardening techniques work so well that you can grow a complete diet in less than 1000 square feet (not including animal products)!"
Detailed Step-by step video series of the Biointensive method = http://www.johnjeavons.info/video.html
Automated Farming Technologies
Algae as Food Source
Other useful plants for making medicine, clothing, soaps, disinfectants, etc. can also be grown - with additional modules. The SPACE House integrates all of the tools and guides needed to empower a healthy, free and complete vegan lifestyle.
Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year:
Vegan: 1/6th acre
Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan
Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan [xvii]
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-lover for their food. [xx]
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life. [xiv]
Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years."
Society saves by eliminating famine, malnutrition, healthy food suppy challenges due to population pressure on the ecosystem and all of their associated costs. We also get a healthy and happy ecosystem with room to grow.
The EON Greenhouse uses a mixture of aero/hydro/aquaponics, biointensive and other intensive forest gardening techniques to maximize a complete diet in the smallest space possible (1000 sq ft per person), without sacrificing soil and plant health. Edible algaes are superfoods that are many times more productive than regular crops, thus significantly reducing the space needed to produce many of our essential nutrients. Hopefully, the types of algae which are edible are also the same types that produce air , fuel and/or that purify water. Additional AEON modules can be added to grow other useful plants