[extropy-chat] A Grim Vision ...?
hkhenson at rogers.com
Sun Apr 15 05:53:34 UTC 2007
At 01:16 PM 4/14/2007 -0400, Robert wrote:
>On 4/10/07, Keith Henson
><<mailto:hkhenson at rogers.com>hkhenson at rogers.com > wrote:
>>Given that it takes about 1000 tons of water to grow a ton of wheat, that
>>would run up the cost of wheat for the water alone to $1000 a ton.
>But it the water is used for transpiration to drag the nutrients from the
>roots up into the leaves. You don't have this problem if you grow you
>food in solar ponds or relatively sealed greenhouses that you can condense
>the water from at night. Its a "change the traditional thinking" or
>"infrastructure investment" problem.
You *can't* grow food in a "relatively sealed greenhouse." Think about it.
>>Wheat runs about a $100 a ton, and shipping to the mid east might run
>>around $50 a ton. It would still cost them better than 5 times the current
>So don't use wheat. Use cyanobacteria engineered to produce a lot of
>starch that end up tasting like wheat.
Shortly after you have this much ability to design living things, I expect
you could just run humans (or simulations) directly on electricity.
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