How are we going to create a sustaintable food system under the pressure of a unceasingly growing population, changing climate patterns, natural resources breakdown, and a strong decline in growing soil health? Utopia planta believes nowadays technologies are and aid in dealing with present and future alimentary obstacles, through technologies such ICTs is that people are joining forces and sharing common goals. Utopia planta consist in the development of urban, high-technology, greenhouses for own consumption and local trading. Designing an Opensource, adaptable, scalable frame that could be installed in any house garden, backyard, or empty solar bathed space. This frame, structure or chasis will host different vegetable, and if you like, ornamenal species. The technological deals with the monitoring and controling processes, similar technologies to industrial greenhouses is to be applied but at a quite lower cost. The system will have different sensors attached such as for measuring: temperature, humidity and light intensity, as well as some actuators as pumps, electro-valves among others, all of them intelligently controlled with opensource electronics, an interactive smartphone app where to play to water our plantas and get achievemnts for being a good care taker. It is also planned to provide users with a website where to monitor anywhere in the world how their plants are doing, to share their statistics with other users, to earn bonuses, and many other dynamics. The overall purpose is to attrack technology users and people in general back to the sacred art of agriculture, now with a XXI century scientifical and technological focus, appealing to the current interests and fondness forsmartphone apps, web based platforms and DIY Electronics. The project will be also receive help from expert agronomists to design the best conditions for different species best developmnt and an adaptable systems to work in different geographical regions and through different seasons and climates. For people who the high technological system is too much, and not affordable, we will also present a not automated system, with the same frame to hold our beloved plants and to keep on teaching on the benefits of growing our own healthy food. We strongly believe that we can lead that urban twist in the way we produce and consume food. "...we need UTOPIAS to point us in the right direction."
There are some fanatics round the globe who are totally against the use of TICS and other technologies, what I believes is that technology and science are but and outcome of human nature, but it is in many cases misled. They are to work together. I am used to analyse the ideas, no to take them always as true but as the best knowledge so far, compare them, I used to believe global warming was totally in human kind fault, when I watched the documentary “The Big Global Warming Swindle” it all changed. There are many documentaries that have marked me or at least left an impression: HOME, Earthlings, The Burning Season, The big Global Warming Swindle, The World According to Monsanto, the Shock Doctrine. I do watch them for knowledge, it would be a mistake to regard them as ultimate true, and everything is questionable. What is a fact is that we identify myself with the social issues struggle, we ourselves have suffered to an extend of the differences in acquisition power. More over as we learn more and more we realise the problem is rooted deeply in people’s minds as a result of centuries of costumes and incorrect practices. My people is fine with a minimum effort law, restricting themselves to the routine of working for living and paying debts, buying disposable dishes for anything in order to avoid the washing, dropping garbage where the please and wondering later why are street drainers not working and the neighbourhood getting flooded. Many of my people are stubborn in a negative way, they do not listen, nor that they want to. Our idea and project so far is to implement urban greenhouses, as there are some that are already being developed and installed such as the concept of Green sky scrapers. Some of us are also fond of listening to BBC podcasts such as: The Forum, 60 seconds Idea to Improve the World, Green Planet, Click and some other have had an amazing impact in the way I think, and my ideas. Speaking, and in general knowing English have given me the possibility the access the information that is not broadcasted for the public in Mexico, to acknowledge the real state of the world and what is being done at the time. It is ourresponsibility to act, once we know we must help, if we see we can help we believe we must. A system of monitoring variables and controlling some actuators working as a Domestic Urban Greenhouse is what we plan to implement as ordinary furniture, making it Open Source as Arduino, available for everybody in behalf of progress. It will not be a weekend project we really plan to implement it world-wide if possible, we need to learn how to distribute it, to troubleshoot it, make it modular, and adjust it for different seasons and regions. All our lives we have prepared and have put in our best effort in education, personally speaking knowledge is the key to happiness, not only personal but social happiness and realisation, I have been a constant student and I have deep feelings for society, I owe it to my mother who being alone did her best in my education, that despite being public I made use of it, and to the society that allowed public schools to exist as a promise of a brighter tomorrow for everybody. It is now time to give back, I do want to participate in TFF Challenge because I do strongly believe it is the correct place to develop, to learn, while simultaneously contribute to such development.