Farms of Future to Have Giant Stock (Aug, 1935)
Farms of Future to Have Giant Stock
WHAT will future ages do for food?
Some have suggested that the chemists will set up huge machines, to turn out proteins, starches, sugars, fats and vitamins, which will be taken in suitable “tabloid” doses daily by the population; that instead of farms, we will have only great chemical works, full of vats and tanks, while the outdoors is used for parking purposes exclusively.
At the recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, however, a less mechanical proposition was suggested; that, after all, plants and animals are the most efficient laboratories for the production of certain complicated organic chemicals. Instead of reducing production, we will increase it; except that, as the inventor of the steam shovel made only a super-spade, biologists will breed us super-cows, just as much more
effective. Plants, also, we may suppose, will be developed for optimum economy; putting as much as possible into fruit and as little as necessary into inedible stalks and roots. The weather, too, will be regulated: a variation in the amount of ozone in the air (done by electricity) will cut off or let through more sunlight, as the crops require. Let it not be supposed that this revolution completely does away with machinery; but the super-horse is a machine as powerful as the truck, and consuming fuel which can be raised locally. The whole, as a picture of agriculture in the year 2035, has been presented by our interplanetary artist, Paul, after reading the prophetic address of Chemist Thomas Midgley, and Wells’s “Food of the Gods.”