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The Unconventional Farms of the Future



Amid questions about conventional farming methods, many look to do more with less, like farming vertically, using soilless growing methods, and shrinking …

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  1. I believe, that there is a combination of ecological farming and hydroponics.
    Eco farmer can become high-tech eco farmers. Integrated systems don't need to be or need to stay expensive.

    And especially – in southern countries with a lot of sun, hydroponics might not even need a lot of electricity (not for light – just for control, water pumps etc. which is rather low).

  2. I'm all on board with permaculture and other natural methods but this '70% of global food security comes from small-scale farmers and households ' sounds completely made up. Especially when it's coming from a person who emigrated from US – where most of the food security is provided by corporate farming complexes

  3. Love this tiny documentary….such an important issue, and a huge question for all of our "connected" world. Do we go macro or micro, or both?

  4. A few hippies making tiny amounts of sellable food with lots of labour is not a solution to feed the billions of people living in cities making modern society possible. Greenhouses and hydroponics and vertical farming are a solution, allowing you to grow masses of food in places with water scarcity, poor soil quality etc.

    Just imagine these technologies in desert states, where solar energy would be abundant. Place a field of solar in the desert and build hydroponics next to it. Energy would be no issue and water and resource use would be minimal. Then compare this to small open air subsistence farmers who on average use 50 times more water for the same amount of food as hydroponics. This subsistence idea is only possible in countries where farming conditions are and will stay ideal, it is not viable for most places impacted by climate change.

  5. Requires a ton of electricity… yeah, so that's another issue if you get a Texas style blackout is that the crops for that year all die and you all starve to death, not really a solution we should rely on, anything that uses electricity is not something you should not depend on to survive tbh and all of it generates it's own pollution and we're already not generating enough power as it is to support all the systems we already have that depend on it and solar energy is far less efficient than fossil or nuclear so in the future our prospects of energy generation are lower output than we currently have, so bad idea overall.

    Instead try to design the buildings so that you have sunlight tunnels perhaps to direct the sunlight so that it reaches the lower levels, hydroponics is a great idea yes and has been around for ages, but industralizing it with electricity and creating that dependence is a really really bad idea that can cause huge catastrophes going forward

  6. Scientist doesn't seems to learn from tradition and heritage. Humans were growing food using conventional methods for thousands of years. Then scientist invented pesticides and synthetic fertilizers claiming this is the future. And we ruined soil in just 100 years. Going natural and conventional is the way. Of course techniques like hydroponic or aquaponics should also promoted but not cutting ecosystem and doing it in closed environment. Not viable on large scale.

  7. 5:00 anti-modernism? hmmm… idk, i would use techniques that make the most sense by region, certainly growing in a city isn't off grid, so you would need and depend on the technical solutions to overcome the lack of what nature provides for free. balance is the key, long term.

  8. Nope food needs to be grown naturally outside or at least in the ground for it to be spiritually and bodily harmonious with living beings. There is enough land, these ideas are from Agenda 2030

  9. Mayor a land. Not Mary Land. I'll save you getting laughed at if you're in the States. I wish someone would have told me how to pronounce Cairns when I went to Australia. Cans not care-ns. I received some stupid looks until I figured it out. Maryland. Mayor a land my guy.

  10. Worldwide, 80% of farmland is used for livestock, but it produces only 18% of food calories and 37% of protein.
    Also 58% of GHG, and 57% of water pollution. Source: J.Poore and T.Nemecek – Science

    The anser is: more plant foods

  11. I was always into innovative ways to create and make life easier for us humans but if bill gates and his friends own most farmland and are the biggest feudal lords how can their be innovation there’s no competitive edge that would spark that can’t have competition if you and your friends own everything get rid on the oligarchs and let’s have some real innovation..

  12. As a Master student of Wageningen University I can reassure that subsistence farming is beautiful and charming on itself. Yet, it is not an efficient enough method of producing food considering that we’ll need more than double our food production by 2050. Innovations such as vertical farming in combination with hydroponics and closed systems (such as Agroforestry – where the soil is revitalized and its regenerative capacity is brought back) could contribute to the solution significantly whilst we should also reduce our global livestock production.

  13. Vertical farming via aquaponics and/or aeroponics alongside further developing lab grown meats benefits the planet much more than any form of traditional agriculture. We need to leave the land alone to heal, while using less water. Also, vertical farming produces cleaner products; zero bird droppings, insects, soil, or pesticides on them.

  14. The future of farming should include home grown gardens. Much of our outside spaces are reserved for manicured lawns, and is underutilized. Growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruits cuts down on transportation resources, and feeds the local insect population.

  15. Fossil fuels which they speak are made of compounds and components we are unable to sustainably attain because the way they were made by nature, death and revival. Deserts become deserts, because lack of life and water. Plants, bugs, birds, rabbits, foxes, wolf's, bears, deers, pigs,cows. We are losing even our life.

  16. growing things artificially is nice but we have to remember that this is not the way the earth was built over billions of years, and that we have the capacity–and are on the precipice–of destroying everything but ourselves. We can use technology to feed ourselves, and trying to improve the lives of meat animals is about as noble as this gets… but we have to remember that we have to respect the CAPACITY for humanity on earth and stop breeding.

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