What is the Blue Revolution, and is it a real alternative for massive improvement of food production? Are there any really compelling statistics for allotting valuable farming acreage to aquaponics instead of letting Monsanto have its way with GMO plants for the common citizen? Haven’t they actually improved the business of farming to the point where it is useless to try to compete on an even playing field.
In their review of a book by James E. McWilliams called Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly in their article Aquaponics And The Blue Revolution The Aquaponics Source outlined the arguments for the Blue Revolution that make a compelling case for exactly the opposite position.
In his first mention of aquaponics he describes how an aquaponics system “can produce somewhere near 50,000 lbs of tilapia and 100,000 lbs of vegetables every year from a single acre of space. By contrast one grass-fed cow on “unimproved” land will need about 8 acres of grassland. Not only that, but the cow will have to occupy that land for about two years before it reaches slaughter weight, and then only about 50% of the beast will become marketable beef. Over the course of the year aquaponics will produce about 35,000 lbs of edible flesh per acre while the grass-fed operation will generate about 75 pounds per acre”
This is a powerful indictment of the current farming practices and the food culture we have been born and bred to crave.
Choosing the Blue revolution over the Current Farming Practices
It seems time that we begin to deal with the coming population pressure for healthy food to feed the billions this planet is being overrun with. If we don’t change our concept of proper agriculture, there will be famine and starvation on a scale we simply cannot imagine. It ias time to make the Blue Revolution one that takes over the way we produce food – done in time it can be bloodless and millions of people will be able to live instead of starve.