From Engineering on September 16, 2009 in General
With the exception of organic food, almost everything at the grocery store contains high fructose corn syrup or hundreds of insecticides. Chicken and beef have been genetically modified via growth hormone shots, which we inevitably consume in our bodies when we eat meat, milk, cheese and eggs. Even farmed salmon is injected with red dye to imitate the pink coloring of wild salmon and is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs have been used as coolants in electrical equipment. Our bodies were meant for real food, not counterfeit garbage. In fact, our cells get confused and dont know how to process the chemicals we consume, so they store it as fat.
Heres a zinger. In 1950, the average dairy cow produced around 5,300 pounds of milk. Today, its up to 18,000 pounds of milk. That takes a heck of a lot of unhealthy, fatty growth hormones.
Because our food system is corrupted with pesticides, synthetics, dyes and chemicals, Philips began to look at different ways for people to become self-sufficient by farming their own vegetables and fish. Their solution? The stackable biosphere. They call the project Home Farming and currently, its in the research and development stage. The concept was first shown last October at the Dutch Design Week in the Netherlands.
After looking at different angles, the in-home biosphere made the most sense because it could be available for everyone, including apartment dwellers and other people who dont have yards to grow vegetable gardens.
Its narrow design was developed to take up the least amount of space possible and allows for the stacking of mini-ecosystems to house fish and edible plants. Each unit balances the other with regard to water filtration and nutrient recycling. Amazingly, the system more or less runs itself.
I like the idea. It makes sense. Itll save money and trips to the grocery store and well know exactly what were putting into our bodies. I dont know about you, but I dont want to morph into a three-toed frog due to years of chemical consumption.