Healthy living: Farming 2.0 vs 'fossil fuel' farming.

 
 

 

Farming 2.0 is high tech, healthy, animal friendly & sustainable
The Science of a healthy life

 

Some might think that organic farming is a tired old buzzword from past times that promises to ruin the life of farmers and cheat customers of their money. And yes, organic farming is harder to do for the farmer, costs money initially to adapt to, and often times our broken food industry make the up front cost for the customer at checkout higher as well. But, Farming 2.0 is a step forward, making use of high tech, automation and the very latest science to make farming more ecological and efficient, while making the end product healthier to eat for the end customer. And is that not the future?

A better one that is.

Farming 2.0 is friendlier towards the animals, the planet, the customer, and the farmers. Helping us all increase the amount of healthy food being produced, while we lower the resource drain, pollution and adverse health effects of "fossil fuel" farming. In the end costing society, this planet, and you and me far less than the real cost of the unsustainable,. low quality crap that "fossil fuel" farming produce.


 


 
 

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The factual difference

 








 

Healthy Farming 2.0



[ vs 'Fossil fuel farming' ]

 





In my quest to keep this one as easy to overlook as possible for you, here is a short summary of what I call, Farming 2.0 and the actual difference in cost and nutrition between the final product that you end up eating, vs the food that the fossil fuel driven factory farming has been producing last few decades.

Further down below I´ll talk some more about all the other differences, but first up is the nutritional difference in what you are eating if it is done in a sustainable way versus the more destructive factory farming way.

At the bottom of this article, you can also find links to recent studies, as well as my own "farming 2.0" sci.fi short story "our tower of glass" I wrote a year ago that paints a picture of high tech farming in big sustainable cities. All in all the kind of things that combined work together to create a healthier and more sustainable global tomorrow.



A nutritional difference


British Journal of Nutrition and other studies shows us that organic farming that allow the animals to graze outdoor gives us meat and dairy products that contain up to 50% more omega 3 compared to the meat and dairy products you can buy from the many factory farmers that keep their cows living out their entire lives indoors 24/7.

Other studies looking at farmers that produce crops and greens, berries and fruit instead of meat and dairy found the same benefits with healthier food being produced when they adopt a modern day sustainable approach.

Increased health while also increasing yields. I recently wrote about Japanese indoor farming giant 'Spread' which has increased their sustainable lettuce production to 30 000 head per day, all year round by going high-tech green. 



For instance, organic crops including carrots, broccoli, apples, strawberries and blueberries all have substantially higher concentrations of a wide range of nutrition, such as antioxidants, anthocyanins, and flavonols compared with conventional crops being produced from 'fossil fuel' farmers.


Sometimes that final nutritional difference can be as high as 60+%.


If that is not enough for you, you can further add the fact that organic farmers also pollute the food you eat with far less toxins like cadmium ( a metal ) and fertilizers, and also make use of far less antibiotics. You see, a 'fossil fuel' approach to farming does not just pollute the air, soil and water for the farmer and their surrounding area. It also pollutes the food itself.

And the same thing applies of course to fisheries, be it wild or farmed fish.

In the end having a big health impact on not just the person that consume the final food product but also the entire planet. Add to that the simple fact that high tech green farming like what Spread is doing is also increasing the amount of food that is produced, the case for going all out on farming 2.0 is a no brainer.





All this is very much like you buying and eating food with or without added sugar. Sugar is great for the sweet tooth, but pure crap for your health, body, and wellbeing.

Food simply is not just about the amount of calories it feeds you or the exact amount of protein and fat each serving contains. Everything in the food that you buy and eat ( or grow ) impact your own body and your short and long term health and well being. And depending on the methods used to grow it, it also have just as big an impact on our soil, air and waters and wildlife.



As such, beyond the difference in the final product and the health impact it has on you, farming 2.0 also, pollute the entire planet far less, while at the same time being far kinder and healthier towards the workers, wildlife and farm animals.




Now, what is farming 2.0?



Farming 2.0 is my own term for the global change we are now seeing towards a healthier and less destructive modern day farming.

Yes, it sadly requires investments short term to change the way most produce food products right now. But that is a very low price to pay for society, and it is as needed as the change from oil and coal to sustainable energy resources is. And just like the immense long-term benefits for your own health, and wallet, the planet and all of us that sustainable energy production gives us all vs fossil fuel energy, farming 2.0 equally much ends up being a way forward that benefits our wallet as much as our health.

And that financial bonus includes the farmer too. Long term we all make money by going farming 2.0.






Farming 2.0 is not a way back to out of date hard manual labor, instead farming 2.0 makes use of sustainable energy, automated robots, and drones, smart facial recognition software and systems working in tandem with established science of how to work together with our planet's natural resources and ecosystem.


If you are worried about the impact of robots, computers, gmo and drones. Please think again, because all that high-tech actually allow animals to graze naturally without human interference. And it helps us clean up nature too.

Avoiding destructive and inhuman farm practices, resource drain, fossil fuel and pesticides. A 2.0 farmer doesn't have to manually check and handle the cows (and other animals, or the farm produce) day in day out like they are required to do right now.

Robots and drones and smart systems actually do that far better since most animals do not like having people around at all, since they associate most workers with stress and unpleasant things. But a silent drone in the sky above, or a robot and 4k UHD live streams feeding smart computer systems surveying cows and chickens keeping track of their individual movement and behavior, analyzing how they eat and move, if they fight or are ill, monitoring and measuring their health, and seamlessly reporting it all back to the farmer 24/7 in easy to understand reports and numbers, showing how the herd and every individual animal, or plant, is actually doing, that is real progress towards a more efficient and ecological farming.

As good as a farmer might know their animals today, daily farm work involve a lot of more or less educated guesswork. People simply cant manually survey a herd of cows 24/7, and as such a lot of cows spend a lot of time with small and big ailments that negatively impact their well-being, issues that might impact not just the cows own health but the rest of the herd as well as the milk it produces and thus the farmers own economy.




It ( farming 2.0 ) increase the amount of healthy food that is produced, while also lowering risk and stress, and long-term cost and impact for both animals and humans and society at large. The healthier we produce things, the healthier food we eat, the less our mutual burden on health care becomes.



On the crop side, things are exactly the same, automated facilities and robots, and drones can grow, survey and maintain crops and fruits 24/7, all year round, far better than having a long list of slave workers ever could manage. Increasing both the healthy output while, long term speaking, lower stress, bad health and financial cost of farming for the farmer and society.



And yes, that certainly includes sensible GMO´s done right too.

Farming 2.0 is a way forward, combining nature and animal-friendly modern day science and knowledge, with old school farming principles and healthy high-tech advancements.




Links to recent studies and articles talking about sustainable, modern day farming can be found down below but the down line is that farming becoming smarter and healthier is good news for you and me, the farmer, the planet and the animals.

Short term however, society do have to butt in to make that change happen, most farmers cant cope financially on their own to make that change. Nor can customers be asked to continue to pay with their wallet and health just so society can continue to produce unhealthy food in destructive ways.

But be that as it might, just as we are all right now starting to globally speaking change from fossil fuel energy to sustainable energy, Sweden for instance, this month ( June 2016 ) announced that the entire nation will be 100% powered by sustainable energy no later than 2040, that same wonderful change is happening for farming and food production.


It is happening and it is unavoidable because it is just as needed for our individual health and well-being, as it is for humanity and our planet as a whole. The way we produce food, and the way we distribute it and the quality of the food we produce and eat. It is all an equal part of our own global ecosystem, and it is all changing right now, not because it is fun, but because it is the right thing to do, and it is the long needed thing to do.

 



 







 

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    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

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