posted on Aug, 14 2011 @ 09:16 PM
While I can certainly appreciate innovation, I can't help but have a few concerns about humanity potentially starting to rely on farming methods like
1. How many generations of indoor plants does it take to make a plant that performs poorly in regular soil, exposed to regular sunlight? What about
plants that die with a single knick to the stem, because they lose the need to be hardy? I feel like if push comes to shove, and our population soars
into digits that make farming like this a necessity, then we should still keep a fair portion of crops growing under natural conditions, just for the
hell of it. Imagine a Utopian society in the future where literally all of the food is grown indoors. Say...Three skyscrapers a city. Now imagine
what happens if the Earth's magnetism shifts, or the Sun decided to fry our electrical grid. I don't feel like we would be doing ourselves a favor
by relying too heavily on this tech.
2. I feel technology like this, while in a lot of ways will save lives and improve the quality of life for people with little access to fresh,
organic produce, has the very real potential to treat a symptom instead of addressing the very real problem of overpopulation. I've heard it
exclaimed here before that "X amount more could fit comfortably on this planet." Really? Should that be the mentality? Should we really have to
be forced to grow food in skyscrapers so every human on the planet has a full belly? How about we stop cranking so many human beings out? Will
someone tell the Catholic church to loosen up about condoms and birth control already? India, I'm looking at you, too. I think we have an
obligation to this planet and the other species to not cram it full of us just because we can.
I am in no way saying that this technology is evil. I think that, when used properly and for the right reasons, it will be one of the most beneficial
things as far as improving the diets of people in urban areas, and growing food at home for your family will be incredibly easier. Companies will
save money. So on and so forth. I'm just trying to address some issues that I feel don't get a lot of attention due to a lack of foresight.