Significantly reduces use of fossil fuels farm machines and transport of crops Makes use of abandoned or unused properties No weather related crop failures Offers the possibility of sustainability for urban centers Converts black and gray water to drinking water Adds energy back to the grid via methane generation Creates new urban employment opportunities Reduces the risk of infection from agents transmitted at the agricultural interface Returns farmland to nature, helping to restore ecosystem functions and services Controls vermin by using restaurant waste for methane generation No-cost restoration of ecosystems: The best reason to consider converting most food production to vertical farming is the promise of restoring ecosystem services and functions
The Future of Protein: Patrick Caughill The technology behind lab-cultured meat products is rapidly advancing. When we start seeing these kinds of products being sold right alongside their traditionally farmed cousins, we should look more at the contentious topic of the impact livestock farming has on the environment.
Further, "each year 13 billion hectares of forest area are lost due to land conversion for agricultural uses as pastures or cropland, for both food and livestock feed crop production. The National Institute of Environmental Health Science estimates that by livestock populations are expected to double.
Animals on factory farms are often confined in poor, overcrowded, conditions and are unable to engage in natural behavior. This can lead to illness, physical alterations, or even death. Also, to make our meat cheaper by fighting disease and making the animals grow faster, they will be given antibiotic growth promoters.
This has led to the rapid spread of drug-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs.
Scientists believe that the technology will continue to advance rapidly, allowing for products to show up in grocery stores and restaurants within a few years. Meat growing companies will take self-renewing stem cells from animals and cultivate those in a brewery-like atmosphere.
Memphis Meats states that their facilities will be open to the public much like a beer brewery. Lab-grown meats are produced in a much safer, sterile environment than traditional meats. In addition, lab-grown meats may also have healthier fat content.
Since growing cells doesn't require acres upon acres of land, the land used to shelter and graze livestock can be reclaimed by nature, at least ideally. Diane Cardwell Almost all offshore wind farms currently use fixed platforms built into the seafloor.
While they are increasingly common in Europe, they are just starting in the US, partly due to public opposition. The first such farm is set to begin operation by November near Rhode Island. Enabling wind farms to float over fixed anchors would impact marine life less and add flexibility in where the platforms could be placed.
Proponents say that floating platforms could help overcome some of the obstacles that offshore wind farms face. Developers might receive less opposition from on-shore people if they can locate the farms farther out at sea where they would not be visible from the land.
Also their anchoring mechanisms have smaller, more flexible footprints than those of conventional wind turbines, and that could result in less environmental disturbance.
The Obama administration's latest offshore wind strategy paper identifies floating structures as important in fighting climate change. He predicts that floating platforms may come to outnumber fixed-foundation installations.
Energy companies, researchers and government officials are planning floating farms adapted from deep-water oil and gas drilling rigs, which use tethers and anchors to moor platforms to the seabed.
That could make deeper waters - like those off the Pacific Coast, around the Hawaiian Islands and in the Great Lakes - accessible for wind-energy development.
Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas giant, is developing what could become the first commercial-scale floating wind farm, off the coast of Scotland, and Seattle-based Trident Winds is pursuing a federal lease to install about turbines more than 30 miles out from Morro Bay on the central California coast.
Despite multimillion-dollar grants from the federal government, cost remains an obstacle. Ocean wind power cannot yet compete with large-scale solar or natural gas. Floating farms are more expensive to build than land-based ones, and for now, at least, they cost more than fixed offshore installations.Sep 06, · The sun is the ultimate source of energy for our planet.
Its energy is found in fossil fuels as well as all living things. Harnessing its energy holds great promise for the world’s energy needs, and it will be heavily called upon as fossil fuels are depleted.
Infinite Energy Technologies, Finley Eversole, Inner Traditions, , $ The global need for clean and renewable energy increases, but we're not seeing readily available large-scale solutions.
Nov 20, · AOA, A couple of days back, I was required to make a presentation on Energy Crisis in Pakistan and its consequences. Though it was in form of powerpoint presentation, yet I initially made an essay of. In this essay I will discuss alternative fossil fuels choices, Iceland's quest to be oil and coal-free, and an oppositions view.
Not only are the fossil fuels going to be extinct before long they are also harmful to /5(7). Alternative Energy is the Solution to the Fossil Fuel Dilemma If the United States continues to employ fossil fuels for energy, the nation will ultimately become more dependent upon fuel imports from the troublesome nations of the Middle East, and we will continue to damage our precious environment.
Biofuel: An Alternative Energy Source Abstract As the world’s source of fossil fuels diminishes, another source of energy must replace fossil fuels.
This paper evaluates biofuel, one alternative form of energy by showing what biofuel is, how it works, its historical use, and benefits and drawbacks it pertains.