At least five years ago, I thought of TERRARIUM GARDENING AND AQUARIUM HYDROPONICS AS A POSSIBLE SINGLE SOLUTION THAT CAN TACKLE most, if not all PROBLEMS FACED BY EMERGING, PRESENT AND FUTURE CITIES, like our city, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Present and future cities must not only
1) ENSURE SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF SAFE FOODS AND MEDICINES,
2) PREVENT CONTAMINATION, DISEASE AND PESTILENCE,
3) PREVENT ANY POLLUTION FROM CAUSING OR AGGRAVATING DISEASES AND EPIDEMICS;
4) MAXIMIZE SCANT OR DWINDLING CLEAN AIR, WATER AND LAND,
5) MANAGE WASTES, AND
6) PROVIDE LIVELIHOOD OR AUGMENT INCOME
RESILIENT TO, OR THAT CAN WITHSTAND DESTRUCTION, OR AGGRAVATION BY DRASTIC OR EXTREME CLIMATE CHANGE.
I believe this challenge provides me an opportunity to become self-sustainable ecologically, and at the same time in all probability be able to attain mass production later, once my project goes full-blast THROUGH SUFFICIENT FUNDING. To be able to go to the final phase of mass production for community consumption will provide me a livelihood, because I have been unemployed since 1999. Nevertheless, this project bloomed from my free community voluntary work here, when I tried all possible uses of recycled materials in gardening. And we were able to supplement our Day-Care Feeding Program from our Community Garden produce, which I worked on with other volunteers and village officials. HOWEVER, OUR COMMUNITY COUNCIL HAS LONG SINCE GIVEN UP OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN which I tended, having constructed our Senior Citizen's Office in its stead.
At this point, I can think of no other better solution for this SUSTAINABLE CITIES challenge than my project TERRAQUA RECYCLING = SAFE FOODS AND MEDICINES, AN URBAN CONTAINER GARDENING OF ALL NATURAL AND POLLUTION FREE FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HERBS, SPICES AND MUSHROOMS, THRU RECYCLING MINERAL WATER PET BOTTLES AND OTHER DISCARDED MATERIALS , because
1) it can provide ALL NATURAL, POLLUTION FREE, AND COST-EFFICIENT FOOD;
2) it can provide ALL NATURAL, POLLUTION FREE, AND COST-EFFICIENT MEDICINES;
3) it can PREVENT DISEASES AND EPIDEMICS;
4) it can PROVIDE INCOME AND LIVELIHOOD THRU PROPER WASTE RECYCLING, AND SALE OF TERRARIA AND AQUARIA UNITS, OR THEIR PRODUCE;
5) it can CONSERVE WATER AND WATER RESOURCES; and
6) it can help MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE, ASIDE FROM BEING APPLICABLE TO ANY PART OF THE WORLD, MORE IMPORTANTLY IN HOT AND DESERT LOCALITIES.
This technology is so practical and practicable, that even ordinary households can have them inside their homes. In fact, I already sold a few units of terraria and aquaria.
It is economically viable, can easily be transformed to large-scale, mass or industrial production, low-cost, almost without any farm inputs, and needs only minimal maintenance and water consumption.
To take care of the atmosphere and surrounding environment, either a household, community or industrial facility, which can have separate test and production areas, can be surrounded by trees and flowers not necessary for food or medicine.
Almost a lifetime endeavour now, I am also backed by GARDENING, AQUARIUMING, TERRARIUMING, AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING SINCE THE 1970s, BONSAI-MAKING AND GARBOLOGY (WASTE MANAGEMENT AND MATERIALS RECOVERY OR GARBAGE TECHNOLOGY) SINCE 1991, having graduated as government full and advanced scholar from the Philippine Science High School and the University of the Philippines System.
Moreover, my TERRAQUA BIOTECHNOLOGY, or Terraqua Recycling = Safe Foods and Medicines, basically GARDENING THRU GARBOLOGY (OR RECYCLING), HAS ALREADY BEEN PROVEN, TRIED AND TESTED ON A COMMUNITY LEVEL, WITH OUR COMMUNITY DAY CARE CHILDREN AS BENEFICIARIES, THRU THEIR SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING PROGRAM, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Finally, my single pet bottle stock cultures of chives, Pandanus, mints, etc are already 5 years old without replanting. Its prospects are so limitless and promising, because I also tried bonsai fruit trees; and since elementary in the 1970s, we successfully germinated rice, mung, kidney, soya and other beans, and peas inside bottles.
Clearly, my project only lacks a mass-production facility, which can be made possible thru SUFFICIENT FUNDING.