If Celestino Migliore is correct in his May 15, 2006 presentation to the United Nations in New York: “…by 2025, a third of the world’s nations will have catastrophically low levels of water” We need to act now! If there exists an Eco-Ag system today that grows produce and grains with only 10% of the water normally used, how long might we postpone this crisis?
Introducing the World’s first and only Eco-Ag System An environmental growing system that is capable of the following breakthroughs: Environmentally Friendly Capable of growing produce and grains in arid climates Capable of sustaining plant life in soils with no water retention values Scalable from small backyard systems to full scale farming Fresh water conserving Low tech to operate allowing people to be self sufficient Easy to install, move and remove if needed Requiring little or no infrastructure for use in remote areas
Two major world resources are in limited supply and are being consumed at alarming rates. Arable Land and FreshWater Current Irrigation and Farming practices are not complementary for increasing arable land and decreasing fresh water consumption. In fact, they are competing efforts.
Current irrigation technologies can slightly increase arable lands, but only at the expense of consuming large quantities of fresh water. Further, the soil must have a decent water retention rate. But to conserve fresh water, one cannot increase arable land with conventional irrigation practices. A new technological breakthrough is needed!
So how do we increase arable land yet still conserve our world’s fresh water supply? There is only ONE known solution. This solution is the Eco-Ag System by Developmental Technologies.
Why is arable land so important? World populations are growing; arable lands are decreasing! • Example: The United States • Only 20% of the 2.3 billion acres of land are arable • 2 million of these are lost per year due to poor farming practices • Population is growing at a rate of 0.6%* • Eventually exporting of produce and food stocks must stop to feed its’ own population • Example: Israel • Only 15% of the 5 million acres of land are arable • It is unknown how many acres are lost per year due to poor farming practices • Population is growing at a rate of 1.5%* • Already Israel imports food stocks for its population and Livestock * Population growth estimates according to the 2006 World Population data Sheet www.prb.org
Although close to 75% of the world is covered in water, Fresh water makes up only 2.5% of the world’s water and most of that is frozen in glaciers and icecaps. Deep underground aquifers are now being tapped for fresh water sources around the globe. These deep underground aquifers replenish at fractional rates IF they replenish at all. “Already, about 8% of the food that feeds the world’s 6 billion people is being grown by taking water that is not replenished.” * Why think about water? * Water Scarcity prompts Scientists to look down, Rick Weiss, Washington Post, Monday March 10, 2003 Page A11
Of the 2.5% that is NOT frozen in Icecaps & Glaciers: South America accounts for approximately 50% of the planet’s fresh water supply. Asia has approximately 25% of the planet’s fresh water supply. The remaining 25% is used by everyone living in North and Central America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. Where is the world’s Fresh Water?
“Since over 70% of all water used worldwide is used to irrigate agricultural crops and landscapes, the savings potential from installing more water efficient systems can have a great impact on the future of our water supply.” Irrigazette, No 96, September/October 2006 , “The intelligent use of water”, page 37 Where is the Worlds water supply?
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The signs of a crisis forming: Since it takes 1,000 tons of water to produce 1 ton of wheat, fresh water constrained countries are importing wheat to conserve water. World markets for grains are being forced to respond to higher demand = higher prices! Iran and Egypt both import more wheat than Japan. The World Bank reports that wells drilled around Beijing now have to reach over 1000 meters in depth to reach fresh water In a May 2006 presentation to the UN, Celestino Migliore stated “By 2025, a third of the worlds nations will have catastrophically low levels of water.” Even in the fresh water rich US, the Ogallala Aquifer which stores water for Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas is already over drafting between 130% and 160% of its replenishment rate. The U.S. government was already spending $4 billion per year in 1994 to subsidize irrigation in the western states.
The Middle East 85% of fresh water used in the Middle East is for irrigation. Israel imports 90% of its consumed grain Saudi Arabia imports 70% of its consumed grain Iran imports 40% of its consumed grain Egypt imports 40% of its consumed grain Yemen imports 80% of its consumed grain
North America Already in the US, fresh water shortages stimulate action. California imposes water restrictions on residents Mid West farmers look for methods to reduce irrigation waste Mid West and West are concerned with irrigation run off contaminating arable land Texas and Oklahoma are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer
Where is Our Water Going in the US? • Landscaping / Golf Courses • Reduction of water consumption … for landscaping is critical (Golf courses in the US alone consume 2.7 billion gallons of water per day)*. • Landscaping is an effective and efficient way to reduce excessive heat, soil erosion, and a simple means of producing an aesthetically pleasing environment. • Wasted Water • More than 60% of irrigation water never reaches the intended plant. • Reduction of wasted water in windy or dry areas due to evaporation (current sprinkler technology). • Over watering causes soil salinity levels to increase due to salt leaching. • Over irrigating causes run off of salts and minerals into streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. • Plant development is stunned due to shock caused by over and under watering. • * Irrigazette September / October 2006, The intelligent use of water
Africa Fresh water shortages induce famine and disease. Botswana began a national water master plan in 2005 Ethiopia Teruneh Zenna stated in 2005 “water resource development is central to Ethiopia’s socio - economic development” Africa has 13.4 Million acres irrigated most of which is located in Northern Africa
Asia Water is a top priority of politicians in India and Asia. India elections are driven by water impacts for drinking and irrigation China states it can only effectively utilize 25-30% of its irrigation water China’s Northern Plain contains 60% of China’s arable land but has the least of China’s fresh water supply China’s farmers lose over 2.5 million tons of grain per year due to water shortages
But if Irrigation accounts for 70% of the world’s fresh water usage: A reduction in water used to irrigate agriculture carries significant impacts in extending the world’s fresh water supply. Current Irrigation technology is complex, inefficient, due to run off, evaporation and poor timing, actually harming arable land. This system will make a material difference. A new Eco-Ag system is coming that will reduce evaporation to negligible percentages, a system that will only water when needed, simple to use, eliminates run off problems, require minimum infrastructure and cost less than typical irrigation systems all while increasing arable land… No single action can FIX the problem.
The Eco-Ag Solution An “On Demand” Eco-Ag system is in development that is both economical and effective. The backbone of the system is in the high technology polymers utilized in the construction of the system. It is High Tech in construction, it is Low Tech in operation. Instead of trying to mimic Ecology, the Eco-Ag system simply works within it. This system is scaleable from Large Industrial Farms to small scale primitive farms. Technology has provided an answer!
To understand how the system works, you must first understand how plants obtain nourishment! • When plants require nourishment, they release a chemical from their root structure. These chemicals are called exudates. • Soap-like in nature, these chemicals spread out into the surrounding soil in search of nutrients and water. • Water / moisture rides up these chemical exudates to the roots where that are absorbed by the plant. • While not all exudates are identical in structure, they all work in a similar manner. • All exudates tested to date work with the Eco-Ag System.
Liquid in the Eco-Ag tubes only flows when the plants exudates are present. Instead of trying to predict when plants will want water and nutrients, the Eco-Ag system simply allows the plant to control the on/off switch to the supply. When plant exudates are present, the liquids will flow. When exudates are not present, the liquids will not flow. Results: Plant life is able to “free up” liquid when desired in the amounts it can absorb, and turn off the feed when satisfied. What does “on demand” mean?
When polymer coated tubes are connected to a water storage tank and pressure regulator, water can be gravity fed to the tube system (no pumps or timers needed ). Supply will only occur at locations of plant roots systems when water and fertilization is demanded by the plant life. The Practical Application • Connection to a low pressure constant water supply guarantees “perfect” watering with minimal water consumption. • A dual-tube system can be used to carry water in one tube and fertilization in another. Both act independently.
Available in different configurations for all plant life and all soil types Water and/or nutrient systems available Low pressure system Grows plant life in arid and infertile soil Environmentally safe to use Usable in areas where the ground or soil has little to no water retention rates (ie. sand) Easy to install and simple to use FEATURES
The most efficient system available Water conserving No sophisticated infrastructure needed Maximizes yields and utilization Maintenance free Cost effective to install and operate Soil preserving No moving parts ADVANTAGES
Highly advanced system for use in low tech applications No advanced training requirements Increased landscape-able and farmable land with a reduction of soil requirements Minimal or no infrastructure requirements to maintain plant life Worldwide fresh water conservation BENEFITS
Systems are currently being tested in a network of agriculture colleges and universities. Testing to be completed in the near future. Commercial systems to be available upon completion of test data validation by independent third parties. When available?
Water is becoming the world’s most valuable resource. Throughout history wars were fought over food and water supply. Nothing will drive someone to action faster than the threat of Starvation! The technology to change the world is only a few steps away and quickly approaching.
Thank YouFor your timeand interest. For additional information, a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreementmay be required. Please contact: Ed Sinda Vice President & General Manager Developmental Technologies, LLC Bradenton, Florida 34209 USA 941-792-9788