Sunday, May 20, 2012

Food for thought IV

Continuing where I left off in the previous blog entry of the series Food for thought, the accuracy of supplying water, nutrients, negative ions and oxygen is possible when a closed system contains the plants' roots. It is similar to the closed environment in soil, which is also separated from the above ground part of the plant. The big advantage of aeroponics is that the closed system can be conditioned not to contain pathogenic bacteri or fungi. This is a huge advantage, because it allows plants to dedicate all their energy to growing, which results in faster growth and higher yields.

Indoor growing makes aeroponics independent from seasons, rough weather and daylight sequence. Thus optimal conditions can be maintained perpetually, which also contributes to faster growth and higher yields than is possible with outdoor soil based growing. Supplying the exact correct amount of all substances and light of the correct frequency, relieves the plants from working hard to find food or absorb light, while unwanted substances, parasites or damaging wind, excessive quantities of (contaminated) rain can be prevented.

Of course there is a price for regulating all those things – the rent or lease cost of the facility and the powering of the supply systems – but the benefits of indoor aeroponic growing far outweigh the disadvantages, especially if the largest part of the power requirements of these systems can run on 12 volts. This means the power can be supplied from batteries which makes aeroponic systems excellently suited to survive power outages or fit to be run in places where there is no power distribution grid present.

Indoor growing also allows to stack various layers of growing surface on top of each other, which is another feature that makes aeroponics more efficient than traditional outdoor soil based growing. Logistic costs could therefore also be reduced significantly, because indoor facilities can be located closer to or inside consumer residential areas. It also cuts on worker's commuter costs.

Not using soil as a medium also does away with the problems caused by monoculture agriculture. Apart from shielding harvests against rough weather, radioactive fallout (like caused by Chernobyl and Fukushima) has no effect on aeroponic growing facilities. The controllable environment also greatly reduces the risk of hazardous outbreaks like the EHEC bacterie or similar diseases and contaminations. Theft obviously is also less likely to harm indoor growing set ups.

The absence of the (artificially created) necessity of supplying pesticides results in healthier produce that has a far better taste. Since plants have the capacity to learn, consequent generations will have an increasingly strong immune syste, that is a free bonus from aeroponic growing. Aeroponically grown produce has no soil clumps around the roots, which means it can be used straight away in kitchens without cleaning.

There are further developments that are still in the research phase at isocult that are related to automating and enhancing the growing system with advanced technologies that are rarely or not at all used in set ups that we know of. These will allow to even increase the growing pace, size of the yields and level of health of the plants. The isocult system is built in modules that can be combined, which allows farmers to gradually 'upgrade' their aeroponic systems, allowing them to maintain a profit margin that allows them to remain in business.

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