Food production: micro-nutrients & protein
Food and farming today are not those of our forefathers. Our food supply has been fully industrialized over the past 40 years to resemble a manufactured good than a vegetable or piece of beef. Cows, chickens and pigs are housed in highly confined areas with just enough room to grow while being forced a diet that is high in just about everything we do not want to eat. Vegetables are grown with the intervention of multiple chemicals in order to keep them alive on the vine and in transit as many sent half way around the world for consumption. Besides the industrialization of our food chain, there has been a consolidation of agriculture companies where fewer and fewer companies are controlling more and more of the food supply not just on a national level but on a global level.Organic micro-nutrient rich foods and naturally grown proteins are not affordably available to local communities all across the country. We are very excited to take our Zero Net home beyond where most homes have gone in the past and build one that is a TRIPLE food growing machine.
First we wanted energy independence, then water independence and now we are looking at building a home that will grow our own food supply utilizing the resources we create right on our own property – energy and water. The majority of the global population lack a good supply of clean vegetables free from pesticides, herbicides, virus’s, bacteria, and genetic engineering. The global population also lacks a good supply of affordable animal protein that is free from , virus’, bacteria, hormones, antibiotics and genetically feed grain diet. In the world of industrialized animal protein manufacturing, most farm raised fish are made out of genetically modified corn. You are not eating fish – you are eating corn in the shape of a fish.
With aquaponics, we will integrate food, waste from plants, fish and waste from fish to create a self supporting eco-system of life sustaining micro nutrients and animal based proteins (for those who eat meat) to fulfill the nutritional needs of our family and those around us.
The more we become connected with our essentials (water, food, health and energy) the more responsible we will become as a citizen of this country and stewards of our environment and our community. We fully believe that our project will generate more produce and fish than we can consume. Our plan is to engage a start up mobile technology company called Sky Farm to market our excess capacity in our local community. Urban farming and family urban farming is the future of our food production cycle.
Our “Supercharged Nutritional Food Machine” builds on the two primary principles of our project – personal responsibility and decentralization. The art of farming could be one of the most life changing experiences one can encounter as ” life” essential nutrients and proteins are grown at home by just combining a seed, cell and nutritious water. Beyond veggies and fish, the third component of our home nutritional machine is the addition of a spirulina growing system. Spirulina, a single cell blue green alge, is one of earths super-foods.
Although spirulina is often described as “blue-green algae,” it is technically a type of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are classified as bacteria because their genetic material is not organized in a membrane-bound nucleus. Unlike other bacteria, they have chlorophyll and use the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do.
One of the special traits of spirulina is its rich protein content—it’s 50 to 70 percent protein by weight (which is even better than red meat, which is about 27 percent protein). It also contains all of the essential amino acids, and 10 of the 12 non-essential amino acids, along with a potent array of other beneficial nutrients, such as:
- B vitamins (including exceptionally high B-12), vitamin K, and other vitamins
- Low in carbohydrates (15-20 percent)
- Eighteen different amino acids
- Naturally rich in iodine
- Minerals (including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, and zinc)
- One of best known sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA, an important fatty acid for heart and joints)
- Other essential fatty acids, including sulfolipids, which may be protective against HIV infection of T-helper cells2
- Phytopigments (phycocyanin, chlorophyll, and carotenoids)
- Metallo-thionine compounds (proteins combined with metals that bind heavy radioactive isotopes)
In addition to this rich nutritional blend, spirulina has the following special properties:
- The proteins in spirulina are of a highly digestible type (83 to 90 percent digestible), due to the fact that it does not have cellulose walls, like yeast and chlorella do. Therefore, the net protein utilization (NPU) is high (between 53 and 61 percent) and requires no cooking to increase the bioavailability of its proteins.
- Studies confirm a very high “protein efficiency ratio” (PER) for spirulina, meaning your body will be able to efficiently use these amino acids.
- Gamma-linolenic acid is rarely this high in ANY food and normally has to be synthesized by your body from linoleic acid. GLA is a precursor to important biochemicals, such as prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes, which serve as chemical mediators for inflammatory and immune reactions.
- Spirulina has no fatty acids with uneven carbon numbers and very low-level branched-chain fatty acids—two types of lipids that higher order animals, like you and me, cannot metabolize.
- Spirulina has about the same calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium content as milk, a vitamin E (tocopherol) level comparable to wheat germ, and four times as much vitamin B12 as raw liver!
By creating a model that disconnects the home owner from our global industrialized food manufactures, we deliver a healthy independent life for all.
Edible landscape is the next building block in our effort to become independent. Functional plants (edible or medicinal) adaptable to the local climate will be the driving variable behind our landscaping decision. Every tree, every bush, and every planter will be as functional as possible for the human and animal occupants of the home and its surrounding area. From coconut palms to rosemary and sage, the home will be designed with the sun in mind to produce the most with the least amount of effort. Automated drip watering system will be integrated in to the home automation to allow for hands free management.