90% of Americans used to grow at least some of their own food. Now, this number has dropped to 10%. The consequences of this shift are detrimental. Here is one company that is trying to change this.
Over the last 100 years, American society has quickly transitioned from an agrarian society to an industrial one. Our environment, wallets, health, and independence are feeling the negative effects of this change.
PermaCube helps people take back control of their food and energy needs by bringing independence in the form of the world’s most efficient, sustainable food and energy production system. PermaCube offers an all-in-one structure that provides fresh, organic, non-GMO food that a family requires — right from the backyard.
It is nearly impossible to sustainably supply food around the country and world. People have begun to rely more on local markets as sustainability has become more important. Yet, most of the food in local grocery stores are still shipped in from around the globe, meaning we are still not receiving the best, freshest produce, and the majority of it is not 100% organic or GMO-free.
The PermaCube system contains everything needed to meet the food and energy requirements of a four to six person family. Powered by solar energy and merging aquaculture and hydroponics, PermaCube offers an off-the-grid source of sustainable, locally produced, 100% organic food and clean water.
The design is comprehensive and holistic. Each PermaCube contains enough room for 72 square feet of growing space, while also having room for 12 chickens and 50-70 fish. All of the components of PermaCube work in tandem in a aquaculture and hydroponics — a hydroponics grow system requires fertilizer, and fish waste that would otherwise build up in a pure aquaculture system works perfectly.
A filtration system and atmospheric water generator ensure you will always have clean, potable water available. Together, vegetables from the hydroponic garden, fish, chickens, and their eggs provide between $1200 and $1400 of 100% organic, GMO-free food each month — straight from your personal self sustaining farm.
Food production is an integral aspect of every human life. Putting organic, non-GMO foods in our body sustains not only the earth, but also our health.
Ariana Marisol is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. She is an avid nature enthusiast, gardener, photographer, writer, hiker, dreamer, and lover of all things sustainable, wild, and free. Ariana strives to bring people closer to their true source, Mother Nature. She graduated The Evergreen State College with an undergraduate degree focusing on Sustainable Design and Environmental Science.
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