Rationale

The increasing population of our country leads to increasing demands in food supply which currently exhibits slowdown. As per the UN projections, India’s urban population will explode by another 50% of the total population by 2050. This would intensify the issue of inequitable water distribution that has already provoked several inter-state and intrastate disputes. While country’s aquifers are currently associated with replenishing sources, our country is also a major grain producer requiring large quantity of water for cultivating commodity. Though cultivating algae seems to require lot of water initially, the net requirement of water per acre of land for crop cultivation is much more and less productive than algal culture. Therefore algal Cyanofarms have a potential to be viable solution in maintaining food self-sufficiency as well as water sufficiency apart from conferring essential health benefits. It is imperative to generate and network algal farms throughout the country. It is expected that algal farming will be ubiquitous by 2025 as algae can recover and re-purpose farm or garden waste-water streams and make conventional agriculture more effective. I thereby propose that algal farms will revolutionize human societies and transform health, malnutrition and poverty while regenerating polluted ecosystems.


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