Electric feast from the east
China exports latest technology for organic food
In dramatic style, China has surged ahead with the production of organic fruit and vegetables at affordable prices. Since the breakthrough achieved five years ago, China’s ‘ion farmers’ have grown exponentially – and it’s all thanks to electricity!
If it sounds like science fiction, you’re excused, but in fact electromagnetic pulses are beating pests and accelerating plant growth in millions of greenhouses across the country.
Facing the daunting task of feeding a burgeoning population with limited farmland, Chinese scientists were obliged to go far beyond mechanization and automation. Though yields and output tripled in the decades following the Chinese economic miracle, more was needed, and every promising method considered.
Hydroponics and urban farming are successful on a limited scale, but for truly big yields that don’t cost the earth, agri boffins embraced experimental innovation. The result is electro culture – farming in controlled environments, with exposed electric wires suspended above the plants. High voltage pulses ionize the air, killing bacteria and plant viruses, and discouraging insects, while promoting metabolism in the plants, at a cellular level.
All of which means they need less or no pesticides, and even less fertilizer. So the fruit and veggies can be grown organically, without the high prices. These methods are so successful, that farmers from other countries are importing Chinese agritech based on electric farming.
Now, when you ask for ‘Chinese food’ it’s not chop suey takeout you’re after, but the best organic veggies available – thanks to electricity!
ANALYSIS >> SYNTHESIS: How this scenario came to be
The Atomic Garden
In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. government launched a program called Atoms For Peace to give nuclear energy some positive press. One of the public relations strategies included so-called gamma gardens, also known as atomic gardens. Basically people used nuclear radiation to try to grow mutant plants. The hope was that the mutations would be beneficial — that plants would grow faster, be more resistant to cold or pests, produce bigger fruits or simply be more colorful, for example, making the practice more attractive to farmers and gardeners.
– Mother Nature Network
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