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.