University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center
"To expect hundreds of thousands of acres of greenhouse farming to replace open farm ground is unreasonable, yet controlled environment production is a rapidly-growing niche market."
Vertical on-the-vine tomatoes growing at the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center in Tucson.
Anticipate hungry hoards in the years to come.
In Africa, agriculture professor Gert Venter warns, “By the year 2050, predictions show 85 percent of a total world population in excess of 9 billion people will live and work in megacities, but these mighty cities have a terrible flaw different from all other cities in history - they cannot feed themselves.”
This article was recently published in Western Farm Press. In it Chuck Petras describes the growth of CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) as an adjunct and partial alternative to traditional field farming of crops. Indeed the potential far exceeds Mr. Petras’s vision.
Coupled with a RAS Aquaponics systems, CEA is a portent of the City of the Future. Successful urban communities will require new commercial structures to offset the loss of more traditional manufacturing as a means to create value and infrastructure. Food production facilities located in the inner cities themselves will provide food, clean water, and abundant energy from available biomass. Sustainable farming will be a global necessity and organizations that see the future mired in climate change and struggling to offset the impact of global warming, rising oceans and the depletion of natural sources of seafood will be the hero’s of the new economy.
The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc. will be on the van of this technology as it continues to pioneer innovation and initiative in the green high tech economy.