Water for food
The wicking bed system could be described as a revolution in food production. Yet it looks so simple that it does not immediately look revolutionary. But the implications are potentially dramatic.
There are still divergence of opinion on global warming, but there is no dispute that the world is warming and that carbon in the atmosphere is increasing. The divergence is how significant the contribution of man made emission are to global warming.
The developed countries have historically been the major contributors to increased carbon levels. But in future the developing countries will be major contributors. China is already the largest emitter.
The strategy left to man is a combination of minimization and adaptation. Water for food production will be one of the critical with global warming. The importance of the wicking bed system is that it means food can be produced with reduced and erratic rainfall.
But it also captures carbon from the atmosphere and integrates this into the soil structure. The wicking bed system can be adopted by both developed and developing countries however it is particularly appropriate for developing countries giving them the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions.
For over forty years I have conducted experiments trying to find better and more effective ways of using water to grow food. I have described these experimental precursors to wicking bed as a way of fully understanding the wicking bed technology and story.