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Why We'll STARVE Without Indoor Farms: The Future of Farming

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In this series lets talk about the future of farming: indoor farms. Humankind's most overlooked and underestimated savior. Why we'll starve without indoor farms?

Be sure to check out Part 2 & 3!

You might be asking, how are indoor farms going to save humankind? Let me answer your question with another question:

What happens when we can’t grow food? Chaos, death, destruction, and extinction.

Okay, but what’s the likelihood that we wouldn’t be able to grow food? I mean, there are lots of grocery stores, farms, and animals. So we are all good, right?”

Well not to cause panic, but something like Yellowstone erupting and global climate change is similar to what caused the near extinction of humans around 70,000 BC. Toba, a volcano with roughly the same volcanic explosivity index as Yellowstone exploded putting so much dust and ash into the air that the sun was dimmed for over 5 years, climates were altered on a global scale, rivers choked up, seasonal rains were disrupted, animals died, crops died, and not long after that.. humans died.

The earth was also dipping into an ice age at that time, so what little warmth the sun could have given humans, was bounced back into space by the dust in the atmosphere. Safe to say that earth was pretty inhospitable for a long time. Most studies say we were down to around 1000 reproductive adults. Your average high-school has 2-3 times more people than that.

Food shortage is already a problem.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-06/this-high-tech-vertical-farm-promises-whole-foods-quality-at-walmart-prices

Climate Changes. Man made or not, legitimate or not, it’s potentially something we will need to contend with in the future.

https://geography.as.uky.edu/blogs/jdp/soil-erosion-and-climate-change

Overpopulation. We’ll likely need 50% to 70% more food to feed the 9.5 billion people estimated to be on the planet by 2050.

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/2015-report.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUwmA3Q0_OE

Urbanization cutting into farmland. By 2030, it’s estimated that urban areas will triple in size.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2016/dec/28/growing-mega-cities-will-displace-vast-tracts-of-farmland-by-2030-study-says

Geographic regions that are already troubled with food production in their climate are in danger because a climate change by a few degrees could ruin arable land.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/23/from-heatwaves-to-hurricanes-floods-to-famine-seven-climate-change-hotspots

Natural Disasters like invasive species, droughts, volcanic eruptions, floods, and wildfires, can all severely impact farming production.
Agriculture is too dependent on water.

70% of earth's water supply goes to agriculture.

https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/54/10/909/230205

Agriculture contaminates too much water, which can destroy crops if not carefully tested and filtered. 70 percent of water contamination comes from agriculture.

http://www.fao.org/docrep/w2598e/w2598e04.htm

Over-cultivation and fertilizer use has depleted soil at a rate that far outpaces the earth’s natural ability to recover. 1/3rd of arable land has been degraded in last 40 years due to pollution and erosion in the past 40 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/02/arable-land-soil-food-security-shortage

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/04/18/304528064/china-admits-that-a-fifth-of-its-farmland-is-contaminated

Less people getting into farming nowadays could decrease food production. During the last 30 years, the average age of U.S. farmers has grown by nearly eight years, from 50.5 years to 58.3 years.

https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Highlights/Farm_Demographics/#average_age

Conventional farming is inefficient. It can take months to grow food that has a shelf life of a few days to a week. If a natural disaster were to wreck a harvest, you’ll have a week of food supply from stores, and you’ll have to wait another cycle until the farmland can start producing again. 1/3rd of all food produced is wasted. Most of this is due to the short shelf-life and inconsistencies in the quality of conventional farming.

http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/

Human’s food supply is vulnerable to many variables, and this is not good. But if you want to discuss the legitimacy and likelihood of these reasons in this video, hit me up in the comments.

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