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December 28, 2020

I have questions

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Story here.  This sounds amazing. And there isn’t any reason it shouldn’t work. A 400 times yield increase has to come with some sort of trade-off and I am wondering what it is.  If it is scalable, you certainly could all but eliminate hunger and the worry of over-population in the foreseeable future.


  1. David,
    I’ve seen reports on this technology, both worked by humans and robots. I see it as a great way to improve food security for those in urban areas. Closer to home we started a journey to more independence a few years back by gardening in our backyard using raised beds and keeping a flock of chickens. In truth, we live on two acres and if I had the time and physical energy, that would provide us with 75%+ of our food needs assuming good rainfall, growing temps, etc. However, the canning and storage becomes an issue. I honestly believe if more folks would attempt a “victory garden” we’d all be healthier as a nation, etc., but I digress from your initial post.

    Comment by Warren — December 28, 2020 @ 12:19 pm

  2. That’s it, I’m buying an old missile silo and living underground.

    Comment by Jeff Groves — December 28, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

  3. I would if I could.

    Comment by dknights — December 28, 2020 @ 2:42 pm

  4. Soylent Green is people!!!!!

    Comment by Warren — December 28, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Ha.

    Comment by dknights — December 28, 2020 @ 2:57 pm

  6. Warren. I would love to have some chickens, but the wife objects. We have raised beds but really only started planting seriously this year. I’d like to grow a lot more food, simply as an insurance policy. Look at a dehydrator. You can preserve a lot that way. (and can use it for modeling)

    Comment by dknights — December 28, 2020 @ 3:12 pm

  7. We’ve wanted to get a dehydrator for that and making our own jerky. (I hadn’t thought of modeling possibilities. Do you use it to dry kits? Will it make your jerky smell like enamel-based paints? 🙂 ) Our problem with that is counter space. We have a small home, and counter space, and storage, is at a premium!
    My wife LOVES our chickens, but then she grew up a country girl, and is an animal person. She channels her frontier ancestors with the mindset of it’s not a homestead until she has her chickens. We just got the Murray McMurray Hatchery 2021 catalog, and she’s worrying me with how she’s going through it, LOL!
    One of our former students is a botanical wonder. As a HS student he found one plant in Tennessee that had been declared extinct, and works as an archivist and developer at a historic/heirloom seed company now. He just published a book on the history of corn. (When he was a kid I had him do a report on the origins and history of the potato. Years later he made sure he told me he’d been to South America on a research trip and had truly found the original potato.) For Christmas he sent us a box full of rare and historic seeds.

    Comment by Warren — December 28, 2020 @ 4:03 pm

  8. I have a particular interest in heirloom seeds. A dehydrator can be used to speed drying times. I know figure painters who do so.

    Comment by dknights — December 28, 2020 @ 4:26 pm

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