Large scale implications for the global environment
There are significant large scale implications for the global environment that will be realized with widespread application of the TimberFish technology. This can constitute a major shift in the basic concepts upon which modern agriculture is based and applied.
The core of modern agricultural is the growth of monoculture grain crops on large tracts of land. The monocultures are established and maintained by cultivation, planting and the extensive application of pesticides and fertilizers. The grain that is produced is the basis of many processed foods and animal feeds. This program, although undeniably successful, is energy intensive and has contributed significantly to a global environmental deterioration including global warming. Over half of the forests and wetlands that once existed have been destroyed, along with their carbon sequestering capability, and much of this land is now used for modern agriculture.
The TimberFish technology is an alternative approach that can produce large quantities of high protein feeds and food while recreating forest and wetland habitat on a massive scale. By using plant material obtained primarily from the growth of diversified plant communities such as forests, which are selectively harvested in a manner that minimizes the environmental and aesthetic impact on the plant community, a new food chain will be created that is not dependent on the monoculture production of grain for its base. The conversion of harvested plant material into microbes, which feed intermediary animals, which are converted into feed or food but most generally are fed to fish, generates such a new food chain. Renewable energy that can be obtained from production residues is an important part of the process. No pesticides are used and there is no cultivation. Hence there is no soil erosion and no pesticide contamination of water and air. Minimal amounts of fertilizers are used to maintain nutrient mass balances within the system.
TimberFish will transform global agricultural practices by continuing to economically produce food from land while significantly reducing cultivation, and fertilizer and pesticide use. Much of the world’s lost forest and wetland habitat will be restored and this will act to reverse global warming by removing massive quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.