Feeling Happy About Blue

It’s that time again, Nobel Prize time, and several Nobel prizes were awarded today.  A lot of focus has been on the Nobel Peace Prize, rightly awarded to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai.  01_Kailash-Satyarthi-and-Malala-Yousafzay

If you don’t know who they are, please learn about them.  Despite the barrage of negativity we get about humanity in our seemingly ritualistic media dosage, there are amazingly beautiful and inspiring people out there doing great things.  I wish they had a news channel dedicated just to that, HNN…the Happy News Network.  ;)

But for this post, I want to shed light on the Nobel Prize for Physics, something which has significant impact on Agro2.0.  This year the prize went to what may seem like a quaint concept, making blue LED’s.  However, this wasn’t such an easy task, which you can read about here.  The applications from developing blue LED’s are noted in the article, but there is something amiss…what this development means to alternative methods for agriculture.  If you go to any hydroponic store you’ll know what I mean.  LED grow lights are one of the main lighting options for hydroponic operations, and the advancement in their capabilities is growing rapidly.  What’s more significant is that the lighting is made of red and…you guessed it…blue LED lights, falling into the light spectrum that plants relish the most.  That purple glow is a plant’s spectrum dream come true.LED_hoticulture

Highly efficient, low energy demand, low heat lighting that is fine tuned for growing plants would not be possible were it not for the development of the blue LED.  So yes, this development has a host of other significant applications, but I felt it worth noting the agricultural component that was overlooked.  :)



Smelling the Vineyards

With 9 days to go until the Committee on World Food Security Conference (CFS 41), I can almost smell the Vineyards of Rome.  Okay, maybe not so much, but this promises to be an exciting event for CFS nonetheless.  UN bodies, International Agricultural Research Systems, International and Regional Financial Institutions, Private Sector Associations and Private Philanthropic Foundations from around the world are descending upon the United Nations FAO headquarters with one goal, finding and implementing ways to improve global Food Security.

This particular conference is focused on, but not limited to, Food Waste, and we at CFS are happy to contribute to the discussion (and yes, the irony of us being CFS and the conference being CFS has not escaped me).  Food Waste is a topic we are greatly concerned about, and as far as the supply line goes, we’re starting right at the source, where and how the food is grown.  Local production and local distribution is what we’re all about, and this alone is a large reason why our systems will drastically reduce Food Waste.

If you grow where you live, then you’ve already eliminated the losses due to transport.  If the growing option is protected and controlled (like in a greenhouse), then you’ve already eliminated the losses due to bad weather and pests.  If you include ways to utilize leftover biomass (I don’t know…like a composting system?), then you end up not even wasting the parts you don’t eat.  All in all, the way we’ve designed the CFS facility, with all of its self regulating, recycling, reusing and SUS+ characteristics, we think we’ve done a pretty good job of engineering a system that kicks Food Waste, well, to the waste pile.  As always, the intent is to be the social butterfly I always am, engaging people and fostering relationships that help move CFS forward.

But of course this isn’t all that’s going on in Italy, because right after the conference in Rome I zip up to Prato, Italy (near Florence) to present about CFS at the 4th International Conference on Food Studies, another event where we hope to gather more support, network with more people, and hopefully find the ever elusive funding we need to build our Demo Model in Orlando.

And who knows, as I think about this upcoming trip to Italy, maybe eventually CFS will get into growing grapes, setting the climate inside the buildings to reflect different regions of the world to produce different wines.  Can you smell the vineyards?  ;)