The Revolution in Smart Foodscapes
Eating better is expensive.
For example, heirloom winter tomatoes can cost $4 to $6’s a pound at Whole Foods, and there are lots of people willing to pay that price to get them.
Foodscaping a home can reduce the costs of good food like this. However, even simple gardening can be difficult to accomplish successfully.
Worse, there are lots of reasons not to do it — time, space, knowledge, upkeep, and effort — despite how much money it can save a family, how good it tastes to eat, and how much it can improve a family’s diet.
Fortunately, we’re on the edge of a technological revolution that will make it much easier to build, maintain, and profit from a foodscape at home.
Why is the tech appearing now?
Everything needed to pull it off, from the sensors to the automation, is getting very inexpensive as well as easy to use since most of the products and services using this tech will be accessed and controlled by your PC/Mac or your smart phone.
Here’s an example of useful technology that’s about to end up in a product that you can use to monitor the health of your home’s foodscape in real-time from anywhere.
The tech is simply a filter for a digital camera that allows you to measure near-infrared light with a digital camera.
Near-infrared photos can show you which plants in your garden are healthy and which ones aren’t, by revealing how well they photosynthesize light.
Products will make it possible to see garden distress from your phone are coming. In the meantime, you can DIY it at the non-profit Public Labs using filters and their online photo processing.
PS: I’ve got a booklet out for Amazon Kindle called “The American Way.” It’s worth a read.