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Food Tech Future by City Tech Blogger Timothy Medina

From dietary needs to wellness of lifestyle, food plays a role in society with heavy importance. Agriculturalists and food manufacturers hold power over society through their methods of production and distribution. My suspicion is not everybody even knows where their food comes from or what the daily process for ensuring local markets can have stocked shelves. But what if there was a sudden food shortage? Would stakeholders in the food industry regret investing into new methods of cultivating fresher produce. I mean, clean foods do help the human body function better and grocery stores need customers. Why not extend the longevity of participating customers with healthier options? When going to a restaurant, what would be your number one option and does the meal comes with healthy side choices? I wouldn’t be able to speak for everybody but instead, I’d like to pose a question “would you invest into healthier ways of receiving fresh produce at the same price as inorganic now? Or will you wait until society figures out if climate change is real or not?”

Sadly, there is enough topics out on the internet about whether climate change is real or not. Many say, “yes climate change is real” while some may completely dispose of such ideas without second thought to even try to understand the causes behind climate change. Without getting into too much detail about climate change, provided is a brief description of what climate change could be in your neighborhood and country: “Climate change is a shift from typical weather patterns of a region.” Agriculture requires specific rain water, sun light, and soil properties to provide average yield of yearly supply. The monitorization of food accessibility to households is global food security. What possibly lacks in societies is the provision of resources, new technologies like aquaponics and aeroponics that can prevent food scarcity caused by regional climate change and lack of farm land.

The goal of aquaponics is to provide fresh healthy produce, by raising fish to help feed plant nutrients at the same time. Here’s how it works: there is one tank that helps raise the fish and another tank that raises the plants, tubes serve to water plants but at the same time rinse away nutrient rich water. Aquaponics is meant to reduce total water usage but as well regulate the nutrition intake plants receive which allows production growth to be regulated and hopefully yield a deserved outcome. Positives to having aquaponics to grow food is through the controlled environments, plants are less likely to be susceptible to pests and will increase shelf life. How is shelf life increased you may think? Well, by regulating crops until ready for harvest, there will be less likelihood to cultivate before desired condition.

Improvements to our culture’s food systems have increased over the years, but still there are threats to our society with every increasing number of our global population. Human beings can not surpass a desired lifespan without proper nutrition. The need for innovation starts now, and with inventions like aeroponics which provides plant nutrition through root exposure. Although exposed roots can cause high sensitivity towards plants, with proper care and calculations the desired crop yield can be achieved. Reclaiming of land with nutritional values have no longer posed of high importance when using aeroponics. What is necessary to create an aeroponic system, is space that is exposed to the outside world but with limitations. Limitations are necessary to avoid diseases, and once plants roots have been infected it is important to clean away the infection before all plant like is exposed to danger.

As climate change becomes a known issue, our need to continuously innovate for survival becomes necessary. From what it seems, there is no longer solid prediction that regions will not change overnight. This is possible and called an act of nature, and nature will do what it’d like. Us as human beings must continue to learn how to adapt to these types of conditions. Since global food security is a subject less likely to be talked about but is influenced by our climate. Our climate dictates our crop yield, although our fertilizers are packed with chemicals that’ll prevent all sorts of things while providing all sorts of nutritional values. Continuous freaks of nature teach us as humanity to not depend on ourselves, but again learn how the environment works and live with the environment.

How is aeroponics and aquaponics making it possible to fend off the effects of climate change on global food security? Simple! Through restoring our health and awareness of where our food is coming from. When a person eats their food, there is a sense of connection and through that connection brings forth some sort of healthy life. As technology progresses and population grows, there should be thought being put into care of our wellness. With new technologies such as aquaponics and aeroponics, large spaces can be turned into “factories” that’ll help improve our life quality through regulation of produce.

With the help of our increasing knowledge of how plant biology works and the role environment plays, we ourselves have been growing accustomed to having a conservation with our self-worth. Think about it, now we are considering what is best for our body and how we get what is best for our bodies. With the help of innovators in the age of climate change, humanity can avert what could be dire consequences to the status of agriculture. Right now, the steps taken towards providing produce to our society is of high importance. Hopefully as years go on we will not be afraid of what our the impacts of climate change but  instead adapt with the environment to change our futures. I believe that with technologies such as aeroponics and aquaponics we as communities can come together and work as a collective whole to bring forth change of wellness, provide mindfulness and run a sustainable environment.  It is time right now that we are going to have to depend on one another, and face adversity.



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