Our Vision for Global Food Security
Early in the development of Directed Energy Technology we considered the impact of a sustainable solution to nematode, soil pest and pathogen management, it quickly became apparent the huge implications for many growers, particularly those with no effective means of controlling soil pest and pathogen infestations once the plant is established. Every grower we talked to was eager to know how we were gonna do it and when we could get started. For a raspberry grower who's field has exceeded the economic threshold of nematode pest pressure, the only option is to rip the canes out, fumigate the soil, replant, then wait a couple of seasons for production to resume. If we could delay or eliminate this process by treating with the plant in place with no harm to the plant or the crop, we could charge a pretty penny and the grower would be happy to pay it. The profit potential for both parties is astounding. But, we also began to realize that the impact of a sustainable solution to nematode and soil pest management is bigger, much bigger, than raspberries in the Pacific Northwest.
Make no mistake, serving the growers of the world is the primary focus of our business, from turf to raspberries to rhubarb, tomatoes to potatoes, and we intend to realize our technology's full potential. However, we also take the challenge of increasing global food production very seriously because we see our technology as the only truly sustainable solution. Our consulting nematologists and researchers have seen it firsthand, they know how desperate the agricultural conditions are in many remote regions of the world where crops simply won't grow, and that is not hyperbole. With every successful trial during DE development, we imagined those parts of the world with increased food production thanks to our technology, and the dramatic change of fortune for the people of the region. This, we realized, is the impact we want our technology to have. Not just increasing the yield from an existing unit of land, but making viable again land that was long ago abandon because "crops simply wouldn't grow." Combining our efforts with others already working to bring water to a region or improve agricultural practices is a logical synergy that will make our dream a reality.
The fact of the matter is, there are no other options. The cost, by any measure, to produce more chemicals to combat the global nematode/ soil pathogen dilemma is far too high. A sustainable solution is crucial to meeting the food production needs of a rapidly increasing global population.
Lisi Global's DE technology was developed using the latest pulsed power components, technology that makes generating and managing DE technology's energy profiles efficient and effective. What's exciting is knowing that the technological progression of these components will be exponential. Combined with energy storage capabilities that are developing rapidly, and creatively integrating those advancements into our technology will be key to the company's success. It is a very reasonable step to combine the technology we'll build into each generation of the DE technology with the latest in sustainable energy gathering (solar, wind, water) and storage (i.e. Tesla's battery technology) to allow the solution to go anywhere.
We see the culmination of our technology's development, combined with sustainable energy gathering and storage, treating abandoned vegetable plots in the remote regions of the world and improving people's way of life. We envision a DES connected to the latest-technology solar panels harvesting energy and storing it until there is sufficient amounts to treat the soil, ...discharge ...recharge ...discharge ... until the necessary amount has been applied. Move the distribution pins to the next section of the plot and start the process again. Will it take hours? Days? Weeks? We'll see, but for sure the technology to do it is coming. Committing a portion of our resources and expertise from our day to day business will ensure that the impact we imagined early on becomes a reality. The concept of GLOBAL food production is a big one, it'll take big ideas to get there. DES is the first of many.