computer food

Practically PERFECT

in every way...”

~ Mary Poppins

REVIEW:
CALEB HARPER
THIS COMPUTER WILL GROW YOUR FOOD IN THE FUTURE

“THE FARMER HAS TO BE AN OPTIMIST OR HE WOULDN’T STILL BE A FARMER.” – WILL ROGERS

Caleb Harper is an Urban Agriculture Scientist. For him there is no squatting on a dusty drought-ravaged paddock letting dry soil run through his hands like so much lost opportunity. Caleb sees the collective knowledge of agricultural pursuits as a potential solution to the inefficiency and frustration of conventional farming. Everywhere around the world there are people who have the experience and wisdom to produce high quality food quickly. Caleb foresees a time when food can be grown in optimal conditions using computers to control the climate in which they are grown and harvested. It is somewhat like an eager young farmer going to the property up the road to ask the district’s most experienced and successful agronomist just how they manage to produce bumper crops all the time – and then extending that capability across a billion farmers worldwide.

Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative

FOOD, GLORIOUS … SOFTWARE

Caleb Harper calls the mix of nutrients, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen and so on; recipes. So if you want to grow the most amazing strawberries in the world you download the recipe of climatic conditions which produce the world’s best strawberries. You then replicate that in a dynamic system which is controlled by a computer that follows the recipe to the letter. The food grows faster and produces a standard often only dreamed of in the field. Best of all, it is fresh and in prime condition. Caleb’s vision is to send the recipes for the best food across the world to where they are wanted rather than inefficiently transporting food itself from one country to another.

This eliminates the need to store and (often) treat food with undesirable preservatives in order to get it to buyers somewhere across the globe. With topsoil rapidly being depleted of essential minerals and other nutrients, this can all be compensated for using computers running open source programs such as those developed by Caleb and his dedicated team. Any data you might experiment with can also be fed back into the main system for others to consider or use in their personal programs. Neither should we overlook this system as a potential solution to humanity’s need for sustenance should we venture off-world in large numbers someday down the road.

It is well worth taking a few minutes to watch Caleb Harper below, speaking at a Geneva TED event of his vision and experiences. You just might just catch the farming bug. No, not the insect kind; the kind that gets into your soul and grows.

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