It would be a shame to make them run by robots, at least people need the dignity of work as well as the means to support a family.
Japan has developed a plant using LED lighting in specific wavelengths that encourage the plants. The intensive production of food towers, coupled with careful science makes this one of the most exciting developments in farming.
Imagine food towers all around London and major cities. Creating work at all levels of expertise. Less food miles delivering food into the cities, less heavy traffic on the roads.
Food grown in a loving and nurturing environment. Hardly any food wastage due to weather conditions.
We would still need our cornfields and haylage. However land could be managed differently to produce more crops for biofuels.
I visited an automated dairy in France. It was lovely to see the cows all milling around and queuing for the feed trough, where they got milked at the same time.
The computer recognised each cow, and how to automatically latch the milking cups on by laser pinpointing. The cows got fed a specific diet to each cow, and any supplements. Obviously they were crafty and tried to keep getting in the feeder, but if they had recently been fed or milked, the computer opened the exit gate and a push from behind got them out and let the next one in.
The cattle shed allowed the cows to roam around freely, and robots came out to clean the floors, pushing the cow manure through the slatted floor. I can't remember how big this herd was, Quite big, and only needed one man to operate.
During the summer the cows were put out in the field next the equipment, and they could come in and get milked on demand. There is absolutely no reason why this couldn't work with the anaerobic digester coupled to it, using twice the amount of cows and swapping them over to spend a day or so indoors in rotation, and make the whole project seamless.
I think any country not taking its own food security very seriously, and relying on oil and gas for their economy is going to end up in the tragic state Venezuela is in right now.
I don't think this disaster is in the mainstream news because it would panic the American public as well.
I think hydroponic farms can be established very quickly, and food production become very localised.
Perhaps re thinking how we build communities again from an integrated design would be a great idea to re visit. Welwyn Garden City was a new town project. Perhaps what we should be envisioning is building new hub towns where all these ideas can create self sustaining communities.
All we have ever done is add on to towns. Well Milton Keyns was a new build, and a concrete mess.
It would be amazing to design a town with a zero carbon footprint from scratch, that used resources it creates from waste to fuel itself. To have fields with cows and farming built into the design concept. Lovely parks that get mowed beautifully to create biogas and energy from the grass. Lots of flowers for natural native insects and bees and butterflies.
Brings a tear to my eye thinking of a wonderful ideal world where we can truly live in harmony with ourselves and nature around us.
It it could be real, we have the technology, we just need the desire to make a difference in the world we live in today.
Lets face it the petrodollar is just about to go up in a funeral pyre. World currencies will be having to come up with a solution. I think the solution is to respect this as a year of Jubilee. Wipe the slate clean of debt for everyone and start again with a different system where it isn't about the super rich creaming off every last penny from the poor and middle classes.
What has been staggering is the lack of real education about the world the last few generations have been taught. We need our independent thinkers, people who are prepared to put their own personal fortunes into curing diseases like Polio. Well done Rotarians, and thankyou The Gates Family.
I hope someone can establish some aid for Venezuela right now. My hunch is that it will be the Russians, They will probably have better relations with them than the Americans.