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  1. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    There are many reasons to be optimistic.
    -Our continuing technological advancements across the board.
    -Our better understanding of our environment and how our introduction of chemicals, farming, and over cultivating affects both animals and plants
    -increased conservation efforts in both the land and sea by developed nations.
    -The Earth's and natures ability to correct man's mistakes.
    The real threat IMO is man causing some World ending (humankind ending) event though another WW. But even then nature (life) would survive in some form and come back as the Earth heals.
    IOWs, if we can avoid another World conflict the future is not set, we can control the outcome. The real enemy of feeding the World is the Geo-political conflicts that keep much of the World in a state of instability.
  2. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    Let's start with feeding Americans.  I love the people who think America is somehow inferior to any other nation in anything. Necessity breeds innovation. I also like those that compare over 300 million with a few million and say see, they are doing better.  No they are not. Hey Mark, are we inferior in Aquaculture? 

     

    Extinction is part of the nature cycle. I read that something like 99% of all living things (species) are now extinct. You want to live forever? 

  3. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    I tend to be an optimist. It is easy to see the problems in the World and transfer them to America's future plight. I too loose hope when I see Americans more aligned with the country they recently came from than their new home here. We can't solve the Worlds problems, though we have good citizens and charities who try. But we can feed our own if we can but get our heads on straight and remember who we are as a nation. American independence, self reliance and ingenuity built this nation. If we can remember who we are and where we came from we can endure virtually anything.
    Our biggest hurtle, apathy.
  4. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    No you didn't...
  5. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    No you didn't...
  6. bigdaddy liked a post in a topic by Strider in Can humanity feed itself without destroying the biosphere?   
    No you didn't...
  7. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Why Aquaponics?   
    Between aqua and soil growing of certain leafy greens I choose aqua. Less work, no weeds, easier to maintain. I hope to extend that to cucumbers, tomatos and other more "complicated" veggies with a dual loop system.
    After the initial setup expense, the rest is gravy. The thought of composting and rotor-tilling gives me a back ache. Weeding, digging, no thanks. And i can get an occassional fish on the barbe.
  8. Xpim liked a post in a topic by Strider in MY base Idea coming up:   
    Hate aphids and white flies. I had to dig up my morning glories after an unsuccessful battle with White Flies. Seems that the non toxic things that kill them also harm the plant. I was using Canola oil, and although it worked, it was labor intensive and the plant leaves did not like it much.  Good luck.
  9. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Why Aquaponics?   
    Between aqua and soil growing of certain leafy greens I choose aqua. Less work, no weeds, easier to maintain. I hope to extend that to cucumbers, tomatos and other more "complicated" veggies with a dual loop system.
    After the initial setup expense, the rest is gravy. The thought of composting and rotor-tilling gives me a back ache. Weeding, digging, no thanks. And i can get an occassional fish on the barbe.
  10. ande liked a post in a topic by Strider in Sand Bed Details   
    LOL!  Try being a father at age 57 to a six yr old!  Yes, they can be evil! But they can also keep one grounded and cognizant of what is really important in life. 
  11. Strider liked a post in a topic by smatthew in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    In my reading on wastewater treatment, it seems that if they want to tie up phosphates, they start going anoxic or anaerobic.  Since you want phosphates, I would think you would avoid anaerobic treatments.....
  12. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Permaculture for Fun and Profit   
    I think we need to post the video here on page one. It answers all your doubts. 
     

  13. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    Speaking of water, the good Dr. also said if the soil is properly maintained, no watering is needed, nor is crop rotation. This does tie into Aquaponics. We need added minerals and nutrients and if we are smart about our grow beds can get them naturally. I have a suspicion that maybe we are inundating the crops with too much water from the fish tanks. Dr. McMurtry's sand medium is a example of timed water use. For me, getting the right minerals in the right amounts is the biggest hurdle to growing in aquaponics.  This video is a light in the darkness for me.   
  14. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    But if organic works, why not?
  15. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    There is no wrong type....It is all usable if properly conditioned and then maintained. I only know that she gave an example of a farm that was hard pack clay. After adding compost it transformed to a loam that was good for growing.  She added that any soil anywhere but frozen climbs can be conditioned to grow crops...  I suppose it is cheaper to fix the soil than flood it with artificial chemicals year after year. 
  16. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    But if organic works, why not?
  17. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    There is no wrong type....It is all usable if properly conditioned and then maintained. I only know that she gave an example of a farm that was hard pack clay. After adding compost it transformed to a loam that was good for growing.  She added that any soil anywhere but frozen climbs can be conditioned to grow crops...  I suppose it is cheaper to fix the soil than flood it with artificial chemicals year after year. 
  18. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    There is no wrong type....It is all usable if properly conditioned and then maintained. I only know that she gave an example of a farm that was hard pack clay. After adding compost it transformed to a loam that was good for growing.  She added that any soil anywhere but frozen climbs can be conditioned to grow crops...  I suppose it is cheaper to fix the soil than flood it with artificial chemicals year after year. 
  19. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    That's Mr. Van der Werfie to you....
  20. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    That's Mr. Van der Werfie to you....
  21. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    According to the good Dr. the Ph is not a concern if you have the proper soil and bugs. The Ph will become what the plant needs. Artificial Ph conditioning is largely due to the wrong soil and lack of biological requirements. Same reason farmers add fertilizer...Get the soil right and the rest will happen naturally.
  22. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    According to the good Dr. the Ph is not a concern if you have the proper soil and bugs. The Ph will become what the plant needs. Artificial Ph conditioning is largely due to the wrong soil and lack of biological requirements. Same reason farmers add fertilizer...Get the soil right and the rest will happen naturally.
  23. Earthan Group liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    According to the good Dr. the Ph is not a concern if you have the proper soil and bugs. The Ph will become what the plant needs. Artificial Ph conditioning is largely due to the wrong soil and lack of biological requirements. Same reason farmers add fertilizer...Get the soil right and the rest will happen naturally.
  24. TheDictator liked a post in a topic by Strider in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    She also included pebbles and rocks, in fact, she included everything including clay. 
  25. Strider liked a post in a topic by TheDictator in Mineralization tank - optimum usage   
    First attempt with making a vortex mineralization tank. Next step is to add a trickle filter.