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Closing Starvation Gap

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What If We Plan Our Future? 
 Chapter 14

 CLOSING STARVATION GAP
& ENDING WORLD HUNGER


Tens of thousands of people, including many innocent children and babies, starve to death or die from complications of malnutrition EVERY DAY. This is unacceptable. Fortunately, world hunger will end by 2050.

Major Prediction No. 12: World hunger will become extinct by 2050.
2050

Our world society will work diligently in the first half of this century to increase arable land for food production without cutting down more forests. “Impossible!” the naysayers will say. Yes, very possible. And here is how it will be done:

SKYSCRAPER GREENHOUSES

MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Prediction No. 65: An abundance of 100-story, greenhouse farms will create the arable land necessary to feed billions and end the loss of 25,000 innocent souls each day due to starvation and malnutrition.

Multi-tons of sustenance will be grown in a 100-story greenhouse in downtown Atlanta using new technologies and architectural designs to reflect the sunlight to the center of the building. Fortunately, architectural designs will play a vital role in producing maximum crop yields. To begin with, exterior designs will allow significant amounts of sunlight to pierce deep into the skyscraper greenhouses. Secondly, the floors will slowly rotate throughout the day from the interior to the exterior windows to allow all crops to catch more sun. 

Robot farmers will tend to the carrots, beets, and potatoes grown on floors that may be only 4-feet high. Many of these farms will be built along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts once desalination techniques improve. It will also be easier to
ship the food to Nigeria if it's grown near an ocean. 

2030


Imagine how much food can be grown in a steel forest of 100-story skyscraper farms in downtown Manhattan. Perhaps food will be our leading export by 2030.


Skyscraper farms - some 100-stories tall - will be built in the 2020s and 2030s to feed the world's burgeoning population.

ROBOT FARMERS

WILL HAVE MANY DUTIES

As detailed in Chapter One, robot farmers will play a fantastic role this century. They will plow, plant and harvest huge tracts of arable land from roadsides, to hillsides, to rooftops, to skyscraper farms, to underwater farms and thus produce tremendous amounts of tasty edibles.


2025+


Robot Farmers will have the additional duty of bundling harvested food in air-tight packages. Another robotic device will follow the Robot Farmer and gather the packets and haul them to coastal vessels which will ship them to Latin America, Africa and Asia. This is the foreign aid our country should be sending.

Robot Farmers are versatile. These little guys will plant, harvest and deliver millions of tons of food to the hungry by mid-century. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

FLOATING FARMS
THE SIZE OF YELLOWSTONE PARK

Prediction No. 66: Floating Farms and Tugboat farms will bring the farm to the needy later this century.
Not much in the middle of the very wide Pacific Ocean, is there? However, by 2050, we may witness some very expansive floating farms – some the size of Yellowstone Park.

Floating plastic platforms that easily connect to each other will allow the farms to steadily grow. Add an adequate layer of soil and we have a great start to a farm. Since there is plenty of water surrounding these farms, desalination plants on the platforms will easily provide enough fresh water. Robot farmers will till the soil and harvest the produce. Docks will line the floating farms so robot-operated cargo ships can come and go.

It’s important to add that international agreements will have to be reached as these farms will float on international waters.

The agreements must include that these farms are designated for food production only and may not be used for military purposes. 

Food production must rapidly increase as the world’s impoverished population continues to grow. Consequently, a little ingenuity can save many lives.

TUGBOAT FARMS

ADD TO OUR ARABLE LAND


2030


Recognizing that arable land is at a premium, the day will come when floating farms the size of airport runways will add significant tracts of arable land by 2030. Tugboats will pull these floating farms to areas of rain before chugging to regions blessed with sunshine. These unique farms will then be tugged to starving coastal nations such as Somalia to reduce distribution costs. 

Floating farms, some 100-yards wide and 200-yards long, will be towed to starving coastal nations by the year 2030. Many innocents will be saved by this innovation.

TURNING TO THE SEA

TO SAVE LIVES

Prediction No. 67: Our oceans will be more efficiently utilized to create Montana-state-size kelp farms and humongous fish farms in the 2020s and beyond.

PLANNED UNDERWATER FARMS

By 2035, there will be enough seaweed harvested throughout the 7 Seas to feed the world without any additional help. And to reach this goal, we need to plan underwater farms the same way we plan farms on land. Underwater robots will industriously plant, harvest and bundle huge tracts of seaweed.

2035


Since some species of seaweed grow exponentially every day, the end results will be enough food to feed billions and end the most harmful side effect of overpopulation: starvation. 

Imagine underwater farms that resemble farms above sea level. Huge tracts will produce tons of edible seaweed thanks to underwater robots. Expect this advancement by 2035.

FISH FARMING

THE 2020s WAY

Prediction 68: Huge multi-thousand-square-mile fish farms in the Pacific and Atlantic will produce enough fish to feed much of the world’s hungry.


2020s+


The development of scientific methods to rapidly accelerate breeding rates for fish will be a key. Fish will eventually be produced far faster on land than in the water. Breeding labs in the western and eastern coastal states will clone fishlings perhaps 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than nature can – step two will be releasing them in the deep blue sea. Of course, the food the fish eat will also have to be exponentially produced. Fish labs will make up for decades of overfishing.

By 2030, this lab in Seattle, Washington will “manufacture” 100,000 baby fish a day. Robotics will play a key role in rapidly cloning edible species such as tuna, salmon and halibut.

After the fish have had time to grow from minnows to adults, they will be herded by thousands of mechanical fish – Yes! Robot fish – that will chase the fish into large underwater corrals. Finally comes processing, preservation, and shipping to nations the likes of Uganda, Peru and Bangladesh and thus save many innocent souls. 

Large fish farms will produce enough fish by 2030 to close Starvation Gap. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

A SAD ASSESSMENT

Today’s population is over 7 billion people. Some experts believe that the world’s population will peak at 9.6 billion by the middle of this century (please don’t forget that the Phoenix Condition will add to these numbers). Unfortunately, this planet was not meant to hold 9.6 billion people or more over a long period of time. We can verify this thesis by looking at today’s numbers. According to a 2014 United Nation’s World Food Programme report, about 840 million people suffer from hunger daily. These are frightening numbers. Another horrifying number is that more than 25,000 people starve to death or die from malnutrition every day. Thank God -- as our society progresses in the first half of this century -- solid efforts will be made to feed these unfortunate souls. 

"I said 100 one-pound fish!” The East Timbuktu Breeding Facility will - usually - produce quite a bit of fish daily. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

BUT WHO WILL PAY FOR ALL THIS?

Feeding the hungry is the best foreign aid we can offer. Too often our foreign aid involves giving money to inept democracies or to dictatorships friendly to the United States. The money then goes into the pockets of those in control and rarely reaches the poorest of the poor. But instead of money, what if we gave food – and only to nations that use this aid properly?  We can also put more U.S. farmers to work! That’s what our new foreign policy will become in the 2020s and beyond and our nation will gain the reputation of being a giver.

Analysis: It may seem startling contradictory to talk about saving lives on a severely overpopulated planet. But the Second Renaissance will make it clear that the road to a higher civilization includes a coordinated effort to raise the value of every human life. Only when we appreciate the true, infinite value of the human soul can we understand why the horrible side effects of overpopulation must be prevented.

Now we can go one of two ways here. We can grow a conscience and work diligently to produce, preserve and distribute food to the hungry OR we can continue on the same disinterested course and make minimal efforts to feed the impoverished. But I firmly predict that our world society WILL embrace The Second Renaissance and undertake the actions proposed in this book.

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