Category Archives: agriculture

Garden cities

Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.

Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.

We will discuss the topic of garden cities in more detail in a future posts, in relation to, of course, space habitats (O’Neill cylinders in particular), permaculture and land ownership.

Permaculture and Space Settlements

We are great fans of permaculture, as it perfectly fits into to the second of the Four Goals as formulated by O’Neil:

There should be found an optimal living climate for the entire world population

But what is permaculture? In the video below the principles of permaculture are explained.

One type of permaculture is the food forest and this is explained in the video below:

Food forest are nice way to realize to vision O’Neill had for the design of the interior of the O’Neill cylinder: villages separated by forests. And additionally it combines goal #2 with #1, to eradication of hunger and poverty.

Raspberry picking robot

The Guardian has an interesting article on a robot designed to pick raspberries – and potentially also other crops as well. This robot is able to about 25,000 berries a day, whereas a human picker can only do 15,000. It took about 700,000 Pound to develop this machine and it is expected it will come into production next year.

Farm automation is a rapidly developing field and one that is of great importance for future space settlements as we discussed earlier on this site.

Refuse-derived clothing

Two Italian fashion designers have developed a technique to make a silk-like fabric from citrus waste, called Orange Fiber. The orange juice industry produce a very large amount of waste in the form of peels. The use of citrus peels as a resource for the production of textiles, is interesting as it increase the value of citrus fruits and hence potentially increasing the income of citrus farmers.

Sewers and Taxes

Sewers are the summit of human civilization and taxation is the price of civilization. So we are supposed to pay sewer tax, right? No, not really. In this post I will explain how space settlements could fund a sewage and waste water treatment system without having to collect sewer charges. Continue reading Sewers and Taxes