What Constitutes an Ideal Agricultural System
Conceptual design is important in developing new technologies for utilizing beneficial and Effective Microorganisms for a more sustainable agriculture and higher crop yield. The basis of a conceptual design is simply to first conceive an ideal or model and then to devise a strategy and method for achieving the reality. However, it is necessary to carefully coordinate the materials, the environment, and the technologies constituting the method. Moreover, one should adopt a philosophical attitude in applying microbial technologies to agricultural production and conservation systems.
There are many opinions on what an ideal agricultural system is. Many would agree that such an idealized system should produce food on a long-term sustainable basis. Many would also insist that it should maintain and improve human health, be economically and spiritually beneficial to both producers and consumers, actively preserve and protect the environment, be self-contained and regenerative, and produce enough food for an increasing world population (Higa, 1991 ).
Efficient Utilization and Recycling of Energy
Agricultural production begins with the process of photosynthesis by green plants, which requires solar energy, water, and carbon dioxide. It occurs through the plant’s ability to utilize solar energy in “fixing” atmospheric carbon dioxide into carbohydrates. The energy obtained is used for further biosynthesis in the plant, including essential amino acids and proteins. The materials used for agricultural production are abundantly available with little initial cost. However, when it is observed as an economic activity, the fixation of carbon dioxide by photosynthesis has an extremely low efficiency mainly because of the low utilization rate of solar energy by green plants. Therefore, an integrated approach is needed to increase the level of solar energy utilization by plants so that greater amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide can be converted into useful substrates.
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