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An increasingly viable solution for climate change is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), implemented across the U.S., in states likes Oklahoma
The water, energy, and food security nexus is a real and present problem.
Here are some highlights from the website of The Agrarian Group:
As a species, we face the most complex and deadly problems we have ever encountered. Erratic weather events caused by climate change destroy crop yields each year. Pesticides have ruined our soil and water scarcity has become a national security issue. 70% of food cost is linked to fossil fuels, and prices are only expected to rise. The average food item travels 1500 miles to reach it's destination. However, despite everything we do, 40% of all food in the United States is thrown away post-harvest.
The Agrarian Group was started as an answer to a question - How will we feed the projected 9.1 Billion people that will reside on earth in 2050? To achieve this, we need to increase our already stressed agricultural production by 70%. How do we grow better?
Agtech solutions can help solve the challenges we face.
Here is an example of Agtech Solutions in Oklahoma:
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Alaric Overbey is creating a produce paradise in the middle of northeast Oklahoma City.
“The faster to you pick it, the faster it grows,” said Overbey, owner of Vertical Life Farms.
Overbey says it is his way to help a local community that needs access to fresh food.
“Altogether, there’s about 50 raised beds out here growing food. There’s 16 out here. There’s another 21 inside,” Overbey said.
Fresh vegetables and fruit are growing behind the National Women in Agriculture Association on N.E. 16th and MLK.
“Green tomatoes are big out here. I didn’t know they were so big out here,” he said.
He is working to provide a community garden for the those living in this food desert.
“We feel if we start to place these micro farms all around the community, it will offset and eliminate a food desert,” Overbey said.
Overbey specializes in vertical farms, which are towers to grow fresh produce.
“So traditional farming takes soil, fertilizers, and water. Vertical farming eliminates a lot of those issues so it eliminates the soil. It allows you to recycle your water and your nutrients and it allows you to grow all year round,” Overbey said.
He moved from Dallas to produce vertical farms for a local grocery store.
He says after that fell through, he decided to make community gardens with the help of his business partner Greg Brown, who is from northeast Oklahoma City.
“We’ve got to come up with something to bring everybody together and change this situation for this community,” Greg Brown said.
They want to create awareness about these micro gardens and educate the community on how to do it themselves.