In case you missed it, the following is a summation of some of the topics included in the recent Conference that took place in the “Salad Bowl of the Nation,” Salinas, California.
Another Drop In the Bucket: The Use of Hydroponics in Commercial Agriculture
As the world population increases, natural resources such as land, water and food become increasingly valuable. The industry that feels the effect of all three is also charged with providing safe, healthy and sustainable food for its consumers while battling natural disasters and changes in the political landscape. One way to generate fresh healthy food, while using less water and resources is found in age old systems combined with today’s technology. Through this partnership, simple fast food production centers can be set-up all over the globe providing increased revenue and jobs for US business. The use of hydroponics in the fresh produce industry can change the landscape of global food production while putting the US at the forefront of the industry.
Urban Green Agriculture
William Butler, Chairman, GIT-Green Innovational Technologies– View Bio.
This talk will focus on the uses of Multi-Technologies in the many fields of Water Treatment, Solar Energy, Fish Farming, Hydroponics and the raising of Food both Meat and Vegetables within the Water Environment, and the use of “Green” as a conduit of sustainable technologies, which are at hand right now to produce a viable and sustainable, yet simple solution to many of our problems today. Having experienced many tours and travels around the world, I have been able to cross pollinate many technologies to become more then what they were. Case in point was a tour of the Waste Water Treatment of the City of Shen Zhen.
We saw 10 different types of treatment, but one stands out as useful for the sustainability of Human Life and would be able to contribute to a higher Quality of Standard Lifestyle in the future. This was the Mei Shanyaun Apartments in which I saw an Aquarium with a fish inside being fed by the Bacterialogically treated Waste Water from these apartments and this caused me to think and research what could be a next breakthrough in Water Treatment. So by using this technology and others to come up with a sustainable Ecosystem within the Environment of the Urban Culture, we can provide a better life for all; both the Urban and Rural Communities.
In California with plenty of sun and land, going solar in the agri-world makes perfect sense to drive down your energy cost and to create a greener business image. The agricultural community with large plots of land and operations that require large amounts of energy is starting to embrace Solar whole-heartedly. Large, grid-tied photovoltaic systems harvest the power of the sun and save any unused energy for later through net metering, creating a cushion of kilowatt-hours for future use.
Some examples solar energy in agriculture can power include:
· lighting and heating
· crop and grain drying
· greenhouse heating
· Fruit, nut and vegetable processing and packaging
· Grape and wine processing
· Remote electrical supply
Going solar is not difficult and today there are a number of ways to install and finance solar that we will explain.
Advances in Technology to Lower Cost of Waste Water Compliance while Producing Renewable Energy
Confined Animal Feeding Operations generate millions of tons of manure and billions of gallons of wastewater every year. Uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions and associated stench from the waste contribute heavily to global warming.
Methane is 25 times more harmful to the atmosphere than CO2. A number of energy efficiency improvements recently developed can significantly lower the cost of compliance with the clean water act. By capturing and processing the methane produced in the treatment of wastewater, a huge renewable energy resource is created. Anaerobic Digestion is the only viable solution that produces, rather than consumes energy. It is a solution for farms of a few hundred to millions of animals, from many different animals including pigs, cows, chickens, ducks and geese separately or together.
Wednesday December 01, 2010, 03:30PM PST
|Location:||The Fox Theater
241 S Main St
Salinas, CA 93901 US