Alright guys, I am going to start a discussion here that is kind of essential to our food industry survival. And I have put a lot of thought into this.
As a whole humanity; is on the verge of either "Corporate World" or the dark ages, if we dont kill each other first. Now the thing is, as chef's we know that people are all on the rage of local farms and getting their sources from a local environment. And, pointing at any city in the inland, they just do not have access to any of the fresh local products, i.e., any port city. Now here is where my discussion wants to pan out.
What are your takes, professional or non professional, about having a corporate farm? I mean a corporation that produces said local ingredients and local meats, for the food industry. You can argue that we already have that and to a degree you would be correct. What we do not have is the local community having local proteins from across the world. So now is the question, could we have large economic farms, that can produce any ingredient en masse. Say this large building, could feed 250,000 people a year. This building producing any normal ingredient to some local exotic ingredients. Where most farms spread out, this farm, would go up, I'm talking about farms inside a building. We have the technology to do this, and I believe it is something worth investing. This way we save land, and at the same time, we could mass produce any said ingredient.
Now the question: As a whole our culinary world is dedicated to feeding the people and making them smile that beautiful smile. The question remains do we culinary professionals continue to drive that kind of farm. Is that too far out of reach? Eventuality of cause and effect shows we have to do something to stay ahead of the times. And its proven that our world is on the brink of a new type of economy, pointing at the political debate.
I'm not trying to cause any strife here. I just know that local farms can not produce near enough for the rise of people on this earth. It is not a matter of debate that sentence is merely fact. What is up for debate is how corporate farms are a matter of necessity and if so, what kind of "corporate farm" would us professionals be looking at.
So, again, discuss, play with ideas, and throw feedback on anything that crosses your mind. Good or bad, left or right, up or down, does not matter, if its an idea, lets discuss it.
A person roughly eats 440 pounds of food a year. If you multiply that number by 250,000 a building farm would have to produce 110,000,000 pounds of food a year. Yes, that is alot of food and that is only for 250,000 people. Take Chicago for example, which is where I live. The population is roughly 2.7 million, so you would need roughly 12 corporate farms that could produce that amount of food. ((We all know we waste a bit of a food from time to time, and Americans do eat way too much.)) Its simple numbers.