Friday, October 7, 2016

Future Food

I have always admired those people referred to as Futurists. Thinkers and philosophers who see what is now and compare that to future needs, and suggest what the future may be like. Although ill equipped, I am about to take a shot at being a Futurist.

The third world is pockmarked with small farms barely feeding families or villages. Some of the more prosperous countries grow large quantities of a single crop or two, like rice or wheat. The land area of Europe is insufficient to have farms that can feed the world.

Canada has a short growing season. Mexico contributes, but not enough. The United States has the land area, the technology, and the massive agri-business to handle the load today. But not into the future with today's efforts.

There are cities, like Detroit, where large areas have fallen into ruin. Right now they give no value back to their city. I can see these blighted areas being plowed under and huge, warehouse like, structures being built. Multi-story buildings where one acre of building would yield five or more acres of productive space.

I picture fish tanks on the top floor where talapia, salmon, trout, and other species of food fish could be grown and harvested. Underneath there could be floors of twelve foot tall tomato plants in a constant production cycle. Below that floors of various greens. The waste from the fish could fertilize the plants. One end of such a building could be dedicated to harvesting, processing, and shipping their product.

A program like this would clean up destroyed neighborhoods, provide jobs, and enhance tax revenue for the cities. I think that it would even be feasible to provide free public transportation to bring workers in without wasting space on parking lots.

I have seen fish raised indoors and plants raised indoors. It is just a matter of uniting the systems and increasing the scale. All we need is leadership.

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    What would a Christian say after reading the Scriptures?

    Job 3:5 "Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.'(NASB)

    What would a Christian say?

    A. Life begins at conception.

    B. At conception there is nothing but a nonhuman blob of tissue.

    Proverbs 23:31-33 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly, 32 At last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things, (NASB)

    [NOTE: Jewish households traditionally drank wine with alcohol content of a 2.5% or lower]

    What would a Christian say?

    A. Drinking wine with alcohol content of 12 to 14% is prohibited by God.

    B. Social drinking has been approved by God, because a few drinks cannot hurt you. God wants you to relax and have fun.

    Psalm 135:6-7 Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. 7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes the lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries. (NASB)

    What would a Christian say?

    A. Man-made CO2 emissions change the weather and climate. Men cause rain, snow, droughts, tornadoes, freezing weather, global warming, global cooling and earthquakes.

    B. God created climate and weather, and only He can change it.

    Genesis 1:1-31 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth........31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (NASB)

    What would a Christian say?

    A. God created the heavens and the earth in a few billion years, because it was impossible for Him to do it in six 24 hour days.

    B. God created the heavens and the earth in six 24 hour days.

    [Note: God created time, there was no, time, before He created it. God is not bound by time]

    Galatians 4:5 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NASB)

    What would a Christian say?

    A. You cannot be severed from Christ, because you were never saved in the first place, that is what God was saying.

    B. Even if a Christian lives a sinful unrepentant life and reject Jesus as the Christ he cannot fall from grace.

    C. Christians can fall from grace and spend eternity in hell.

    Should Christians say the same things that God says or repeat what others have convinced them is true?