Department of Agriculture
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VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Global Cooperation: I imagine a global agricultural infrastructure that works cooperatively around the world to organically vitalize and fertilize land to maximize crop yields. With a fully subsidized agricultural infrastructure workers will be equipped with the latest technology to cultivate an abundance of crops for food and industry. Every nation around the world will work together to produce a surplus of a wide variety of needed biological resources. The corps of engineers will utilize natural irrigation methods and terrace landscapes in order to minimize drainage and maximize water conservation. Trees will be strategically planted to make natural channels that draw water back into the earth replenishing reservoirs.
The common goal is to maximize the development of sustainable agricultural production. There is a limited amount of space on this earth that can be utilized for agriculture and we must engineer the optimal system for resource management.
Technology: In the future, the most advanced technology of modern science will be implemented in order to maximize productivity. The government will direct public revenue to subsidize agricultural programs and ensure that farmers are provided with all of the equipment and resources needed to grow crops most efficiently, effectively, and of the highest quality. The future is about precision farming, where computer technology analyzes the quality of the soil and can intelligently distribute the exact quantity of fertilizer to boost soil integrity. The department of Agriculture will work alongside the department of the Environment in order to comprehensively survey regions and develop a holistic plan for conservation, restoration, and production. State of the art technology will maximize crop yields and farmers will utilize ecologically sustainable methods of organic farming to ensure the highest quality produce and the preservation of the environment. Machines will analyze every cubic yard of soil and provide precision tilling, fertilization, seeding, watering, and harvesting. Irrigation systems will be engineered by the Department of Construction in order to provide fresh water to all regions.
Sustainability: We want to start growing crops organically with sustainable methods of permaculture. We want to move away from chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and preservatives and get back to natural methods of growing. I imagine a future where by utilizing organic and sustainable agricultural methods the provisions can be made for a growing economy while taking less of a toll on the environment. Agriculturalists will move away from the conventional methods of today which heavily tax the natural ecosystems and will move toward eco-friendly practices. There will no longer be heavy runoff from farms polluting rivers, lakes, and aquifers. There will no longer be overgrazing to the point where land suffers from desertification and erosion. There will no longer be the savage treatment of animals for consumption. Crops will no longer be contaminated with GMO’s and chemicals. Human civilization will develop agricultural practices that work in balance and harmony with the natural world.
Farming and Horticulture: It will be prohibited for factory farms to utilize unnatural methods of monoculture, chemical fertilization, and genetic alteration. Instead environmentally conscious agriculturalists will be equipped with resources needed to effectively employ natural farming methods of crop rotation and organic fertilization that replenish the soil with all of the nutrients and enhance the biological life force of the earth.
Community Gardens: As part of developing a self sustaining infrastructure cities will participate in community agricultural projects and grow food locally. This will eliminate the high costs of transportation and dependency on oil. In the future the communities will naturally be designed with lush gardens that provide a variety of fresh produce for the local market. This food can be freely distributed at local social functions. There will also be a backyard garden initiative to encourage citizens to grow their own produce organically. As technology develops and becomes more affordable each house and building will be equipped with a hydroponics system where a variety of plants are cultivated indoors year round.
Food: Instead of harvesting early as is the contemporary method in the future all food crops will be completely grown to fruition enabling the greatest quantity and quality of nutrients and bioactivity. We will naturally grow so much food that most of it will have to be given away for free because otherwise it would all just go to waste. There will be fresh juice stands all over the community and people would be encouraged to take a break a few times during the day to sip on a replenishing drink. There would be more than could ever possibly be consumed and people could eat as much wholesome food and drink as much sweet juice as they want and it would all be entirely sustainable. Our essential goal is to grow at least enough crops to feed all the people on earth and from there we can produce even more if so desired.
Markets: Local markets will be overstocked with fresh produce that is picked the very same day it hits the shelf. Most of the produce will be grown in the community and people will become more connected to the land they live upon. Local eateries will prepare deliciously healthy meals that can be enjoyed at any time 24/7/365 and good food will always be accessible day or night. People would be healthy and fit because the food they eat will be packed with vital nourishment.
-100% of farms employ practices that are natural, sustainable, and organic
-Eliminate commercial use of chemical fertilizers and GMO’s
-Provide enough fresh organic produce to nourish the global population and eradicate hunger
-Develop an agricultural infrastructure capable of supplying food and industrial materials for 12 billion people by 2015.
-Cultivate and harvest a superabundance of food every season
-Provide seasonal crops year round and deliver fresh produce to the market within a day
-Utilize organic methods to naturally increase the nutrient content of food every year
Sustainable, organic, natural, biodynamic, regenerative, revitalization, quality, agro-ecological, holistic management, land reclamation,
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