Agriculture

Agriculture
UK’s Eden Domes’ Agriculture Project grows any food in any season at a controlled temperature.

The Eco-concept is to live in a cleaner environment, eat healthier and naturally grown organic food. Therefore, in the Eco-city, harmful chemicals are not allowed because of their adverse effects on human health, even if the effects are mild and people do not feel their immediate effect.

The herbalist’s approach to treatment for ailments is using a herbal medicine that slowly cures not only the targeted organ but also all the surrounding ones. On the contrary, synthetic medicine cures a targeted area quickly, but may have about 12 side effects that cause progressive damage to many other organs.

As an example, a cholesterol pill stops the production of the excess cholesterol from the liver but does not stop the production of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and does not stop eventual clotting of the arteries that may result in a need for a heart operation. No matter what scientists claim, many people have suffered as a result of such treatment. On the other hand, a natural herbal remedy with a specific diet and exercise treats the liver, thins the blood, helps the rest of the digestive system and prevents a possible heart operation.

Naturally produced food is always more nutritious and has fewer side effects. Hence, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can also be harmful in the long-term and may cause serious diseases such as cancer. The pesticides may kill some insects and living organisms and also cause cancer, a reduction in fertility, endocrine disruption, autism and other diseases. Although genetic modification (GM) is the lesser of the two evils, it still causes toxicity, health risks, allergies and environmental damage to the ecosystems.

Even if a pesticide causes severe health issues, including cancer and genetic damage, governments still allow it, because of the influence of its manufacturers. No matter what the argument and conflicting opinions are about pesticides and GM food, the wise choice is ‘if in doubt, leave it out’. Pesticides are toxic chemicals that should not be released into the environment they kill not only living organisms on the crops but also the tiny ones living in the human body.

I know from personal experience that when I eat commercial, mass-produced bread, which is injected with 18 chemicals to have a longer shelf life, I suffer from an upset stomach and allergic reaction to it. However, when I eat organic bread from sprouted grains naturally grown and free from additives, then I feel healthier.

There are many pesticide companies in the world and there are especially big ones in Germany that produce hundreds of pesticide chemicals and declare that they are safe. However, the evidence is overwhelming that they are not safe from the increase in cancer ratios; lowering of antibiotic resistance and increases in the number of incidents of autism, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. It is business as usual in the unethical and immoral behavior of corporations that put profits before the health and the welfare of human beings.

There are many safer solutions to protect crops from harmful insects, heat waves, cold weather and other potential future climate-change effects. We can grow them in protected enclosures and install electronic devices that transmit high audio frequencies, which are only heard by animals and repel them from coming to agricultural areas and harming the crops. The following domes are examples already used on a minute scale and there are other projects growing food underground using bulbs that produce light similar to natural sunlight.

Agriculture is no longer horizontal, it is vertical using domes, greenhouses and less horizontal areas

We can modernize the use of agricultural land to provide food throughout the seasons by using geothermal energy to warm the temperature of aquaponic systems, domes or greenhouses in cold seasons and add fertilizers or manure to keep the soil warm and fertile.
We can dig tunnels 8 meters deep, covered by glass that is a pyramid shape or dome and grow food under a steady temperature all year around for areas covered in snow. Also, we can use natural light bulbs that simulate sunlight in dark places. The British domes of the Eden Project are a good example of growing any food in any season at a controlled temperature. Moreover, they use geothermal energy to keep the domes warm in colder seasons to save on electricity costs.
Self-sufficiency in agriculture is essential for national security. However, some countries can produce food cheaper than others. The geographical location and the climate of each country is a significant factor in the mass production costs.
Therefore, people should adapt their eating habits to the available local produce. However, this does not mean that they cannot exchange food produce with other countries. What it means is trying to be self-sufficient first and using any available agricultural technology to achieve this goal, then making trade deals that do not threaten the income of local farmers.
The farmers can utilize renewable Eco-energy sources to supply power to their farming enclosures, vehicles, water pumps and accommodation. Farmers can surround their farms with Eco-efficient designer wind turbines to generate electricity.
The Danish-built 9MW wind turbines may supply adequate
electric power to a large farm.
Obviously, relying on the wind as the only source may not always produce electricity or allow enough to be stored in sizeable thermal storage systems or batteries. Therefore, the farmers can use combinations of other sources, such as geothermal plants and sun-tracking solar panels spread on top of the barns or housing accommodation for the workers.
There are many innovative technologies available for farming to increase their output during the seasons and help the nation to become self-sufficient. Agricultural technologies such as geodesic-dome solar greenhouses, horticulture, hydroponics, geoponics, aeroponics, aquaponics and others enable farmers to grow food in all seasons.
It is true that in hot or tropical countries some fruits or vegetation do not need such technologies. Agricultural products can be naturally and cheaply grown, then exported at a lower price than it costs the locals to grow them. The self-sufficiency principle is that national protection comes first at any cost, followed by maintaining the trading balance to ensure that protection.
The farmers will need vast agricultural lands and machinery to cultivate the mass production of commonly consumed crops such as wheat, rapeseed, hemp, soya beans and others. In the Eco-city, the Eco-home’s edible gardens will take care of the rest of the fruits and vegetables. The streets will have fruit trees or berry bushes on their sides, the Eco-city’s perimeter will have
cattle on its river banks and the rivers should be used to farm fish. This will provide most of what the Eco-city needs and ensure self-sufficiency and protect the local farmers.
All the agriculture and farming areas, from hanging baskets to gardens and the vast agricultural lands inside and outside the Eco-city, comprise the agriculture zone. The challenge is to distribute the plants and livestock needed by the Eco-city across the areas inside and outside the Eco-city.

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