LoneStar Vertical Cultivation

Vertical Farming Technology

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The VERTICAL FARMING MARKET will be worth US $11.71 BILLION by 2027. Growing environmental concerns – such as the depletion of soil quality and the effect of chemical applications on groundwater, are increasing the adoption of vertical farming.

Advanced proprietary LED, greenhouse and renewable energy technologies will produce more at a lower cost and lower carbon footprint. Two Canadian vendors, BW-Global + CULTIVATD, are joining the LoneStar-OZ as joint-venture partners for all indoor cultivation with controlled environment tech and management. This project is carbon credit worthy.

FUTURE CHALLENGES

POPULATION: Soon we will reach 8 billion people on our planet, which means 8 billion hungry mouths to feed. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that “volume of food” required to feed the planet presents a considerable challenge. The challenge is not simply to achieve it, but to do it in a responsible and above all, sustainable way for the planet.

At the beginning of the technological revolution, sustainability was neither a concern nor an issue of interest; resources were considered infinite and all problems could be solved with technology. In the boom of the late 1980s, we saw various industries grow at an exacerbated rate thanks to the introduction of computer systems to their business models to automate processes or improve production standards. Technology plays a fundamental role in creating value through computing power. Today, all aspects of our lives depend on technology and, above all, innovation.

Innovation happens when there is an unmet need or an opportunity for improvement presents itself. With about 90% of the world’s fisheries overexploited and approximately 70% of the land area used for food production globally; It is easy to see an opportunity to innovate our food production systems and a need to produce more high-quality food in the coming decades.
CLIMATE CHANGE & FOOD SECURITY: The relationship between climate change and agriculture is a two-way street. In one direction, traditional agricultural practices contribute greenhouses gases to the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change. Estimates for the contribution of agriculture to the amount of green- house gases released in the United States are all in the range of 8-10% of the total emissions and comes from livestock such as cows, agricultural soils, and rice production. 
 
In contrast, alterations in climate resulting from increased global temperature and changes to natural cycles have direct impacts on agriculture. While some of these impacts could increase yields, there’s broad consensus that climate change presents serious challenges to global food production. Drastic fluctuations in weather patterns can cause floods or drought – neither being good for crop production. 
 
QUESTIONS TO PONDER: So how can agriculture be both the cause and the solution? What role will technology play to not only reduce the negative impact on climate change, yet increase food production at the same time? How can we produce more food using fewer natural resources and reverse global warming all at the same time?

LONESTAR SOLUTIONS

1. Indoor Controlled Environment: Imagine being able to control Mother Nature so it is always the perfect environment for growing plants – all year round. Growing in greenhouses allows us to maintain the perfect environment for healthier plants, increased yields and increased grow cycles per year. Greenhouses not only protects plants from extreme weather, but it also protects the plants from harmful pests that could reduce yields – like insects and animals that could be a threat outside. 
 
2. Going UP instead of OUT: Vertical farming allows more food production per square foot, significantly increasing yields per crop, but also crops per year.
 
3. Making More with Less: Hydroponics and water recycling reduces the amount of water required for mass production – using less water with more production. Creating our own micro-power grids with renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, battery and electromagnetic power systems can eliminate dependence on natural and limited resources that cause climate change.
 
4. Converting Biomass into usable bio-carbon: Increased food production (fruits, vegetables, flowers) creates increased biomass (plant matter) as a waste product that can be pressed into biomass “bricks” and converted into biochar (biological charcoal) for soil supplementation, water filtration, and greenhouse gas reduction. 
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