How Spirulina Can Contribute To Global Food Security
Industrial agriculture is a major contributor to climate change.
Almost all our current crop varieties will not be able to perform under the temperature increases predicted by hundreds of climate change models.
How Secure Is Industrial Agricuture?
Agriculture uses 6800 trillion litres of fresh water per year
30% of the fresh water we use for agriculture is pumped from the ground.
So, what would happen to civilization if industrial agriculture failed?
Urban civilization is completely and utterly reliant on broad acre industrial agriculture to produce the millions of tons of food that our cities need each day.
If our farms don’t work then civilization would collapse overnight plunging the world into an apocalyptic dystopia. It is as simple as that.
By 2050 demand for food is projected to increase by
Given the above, a smart question to ask is:
“just how secure is our agricultural system”.
It is extremely vulnerable, and the future does not look bright.
During the past 100 years, we have lost 80 percent of crop genetic diversity.This leaves our agro-ecosystems vulnerable because they have very little genetic wriggle room to respond to rapidly changing conditions.
A Perfect Storm Is Approaching Industrial Agrictulure
Change is coming.
There is no getting around it. Global warming is happening. It is happening now and will continue to do so because collectively we are probably just too greedy, stupid and selfish to do anything about it.
Increasing cases of extreme weather are already taking their toll on agricultural production, and the situation will worsen to the point where most of our current crop varieties will fail.
And it’s not just climate change. A perfect storm of interrelated factors is brewing just over the horizon. This is not being alarmist or fanciful. It is just cold hard facts. They include elements like, diminishing supplies of fresh water, declining soil fertility, loss of arable land, emergence of virulent new pests and disease bio-types, reliance on fossil fuels, pan-global conflict, destruction of natural habitats that support our agro-ecosystems and under-investment in agricultural research
We use 16.6 billion barrels of fossil fuel to grow our crops. Fossil fuel is a finite resource, which is running out.
As climates change new pests and disease biotypes are emerging, against which our crop varieties have little resistance.
Governments are spending less on agricultural research right at a time when it is
The Hideous Cost Of Animal Production.
The world demands more meat and animal products each year. Farming animals is extremely expensive in terms of inputs and leaves a massive environmental footprint, which makes the whole problem worse.
Did you know it takes?
litres of water
kilos of grain
kilos of topsoil
litres of petrol
to produce of feedlot beef
Did you know?
One-third of the world’s fish catch is fed directly to livestock.
70% of US grain production is fed to livestock.
5 million acres of rain-forest are felled every year in South and Central America alone to create cattle pasture.1/3
Animal production is literally the planet
The Incredible Efficiency Of Spirulina
More carbon dioxide? Perfect! As a photosynthetic organism, it takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and makes carbohydrates; the higher the concentration the better.
Higher temperatures? Spirulina’s optimal temperature range is between 35 – 37oC while the yield of our cereal crops declines sharply much beyond 32 oC.
Water shortage? Spirulina wins hands down. To produce 1 kg of protein it costs spirulina 2100 L while soybean costs 9000L and beef 15,000 – 30,000 L. What is more, spirulina can be grown in poor quality water that is no good for growing crops.
What about land use? Again, spirulina has got it nailed. To produce 1 kg of protein it uses 26 times and 318 times less land than soybeans and beef respectively.
Almost 100 percent nutrient-use efficient. Because Spirulina just floats around in a nutrient-rich pond absorbing food directly through its cell wall, there is no loss of nutrients from the system. It is almost 100 percent nutrient-use efficient. On the other hand, up to 65 percent of the fertilisers applied to our crop plants never get taken up, often running off to cause massive environmental problems.car
Zero wastage – the entire biomass is digestible. With most animals and plants there a large proportion of the biomass is wasted.
Spirulina is an ideal food for an uncertain future
Spirulina is a perfect food production system because it is climate change proof, is incredibly efficient in its resource use, is the most nutrient dense food on the planet and has a whole suite of medicinal properties.
But is it any good to eat?
This is where things get even more compelling. It turns out that spirulina is the most nutrient dense food on the planet – with a wealth of medicinal benifits to boot.
It is for this reason that the United Nations asserts that Spirulina is “the most ideal food for mankind”.
As well, the United States Department of Agriculture has declared that “Spirulina is a food for the future”.
And the FAO has called upon nations to look to spirulina to fulfill their food security needs.
You can read more about the nutritional properties of Spirulina here and the medicinal properties here.
So, not only is Spirulina a perfect food and medicine, it could contribute to global food security as conditions become increasingly hostile to traditional food production systems.
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Spirulina Is Perfect For Urban Farming
You can’t grow a cow, an almond tree, enough wheat to make a loaf of bread or enough chickpeas to make humous in your window sill, but you can grow enough spirulina for your own needs.
This is because spirulina only requires some light, water, and nutrients to flourish. Not only this, growing Spirulina it is totally scalable. You could farm it in a soda bottle, a fish tank, a kids swimming pool or in a massive commercial pond. It makes the perfect species for an urban farm.
So, be part of the paradigm shift. Get involved.
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It is easy to grow and won’t take much of your time.
It is cheap to produce and will save you money because you can replace a lot of expensive dietary supplements.
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