There are two fundamental problems in the world today that this company is being created to address: 1. Lack of necessary agricultural output globally in order to support the exponential population increase of humans. 2. Lack of water – reservoirs around the world are running out of fresh water. The real challenge is to develop a solution to these problems that people not currently experiencing them, will invest in (i.e. if you aren’t starving, why pay money to prevent you from starving). The solution EGS provides a way to not only address the social problem, but to also drive a positive return on investment from it in today’s economy.
Lets’ look at the big picture! In 2050, you will be one of 9.5 billion people. By then, our growing global population will require an estimated 70 percent more food to meet demand. Unfortunately, there won’t be 70 percent more land available. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports that added farmland will help produce only 10 percent of the additional food the planet needs by 2050, and 20 percent of that food will come from increased cropping intensity. Accordingly, the FAO concludes that 70 percent of the world’s additional food needs can only be produced with new and existing agricultural technologies.
How do you get a 70% increase in land? You can:
- utilize inorganic fertilizers (think Monsanto)
- genetically modify the crops to grow faster (no matter what you do you still need nutrients, and that means fertilizers)
- use strong herbicides (still can’t escape the nutrient problem)
- cut down forest to make more farming land (forest make oxygen, bad idea)
- move operations into the desert (have to move the fresh water that we are running out of there)
- Institute population control programs (so we don’t need a 70% increase)
- Go to war and gather more land for the individuals country
- Leave Earth and colonize another planet
- change the human diet
- build up (go vertical and make one square foot of land worth seven)
- utilize non-traditional spaces for agriculture by integrating agricultural into city structures (such as old manufacturing warehouses and skyscrapers)
- change the way we do agriculture, instead of centralizing (going big) our farming capabilities, we decentralize them (go small)
It seems very logical that: building “up”, utilizing non-traditional spaces for agriculture, and decentralizing farming (going small) are the best options we have. To that end, we are starting Eden in order to develop a system that can “provide sustainable food and energy independence to familes and farmers around the world, and off it.”