Halophytes: How To Solve The Land, Water, Food, Energy & Climate Emergency While Generating Wealth

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“Ethical Markets is happy to see our colleague, Dennis Bushnell, presenting the case for expanding our food supply from its perilous dependence on the planet’s 3% of fresh water, by incorporating all the nutritious halophyte foods… still the best way to capture ambient CO2 and stay within the IPCC window! See also our TV program with Dennis: “Investing in Saltwater Agriculture: The Next Big Thing” now playing on our homepage at www.ethicalmarkets.com and our page “Halophytes”.

Hazel Henderson, Editor“



Halophytes: How To Solve The Land, Water, Food, Energy & Climate Emergency While Generating Wealth


Date: Monday, 04 October 2021
Time: 16:00 – 16:45 BST


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Background: Society is beset with human engendered climate and ecosystem problems. From experience with renewable energy development, solutions are adopted far more readily if they are profitable. Halophytes – salt plants grown on cheap land (deserts and wastelands) using cheap water (saline, seawater) pumped by cheap photovoltaics – uniquely solves land, water, food, energy, and climate problems at scale. The use of Halophytes brings into production vast regions; some 44% of our land is deserts/wastelands. There are some 10,000 different Halophytes that could produce massive amounts of food and release large amounts of the 70% of fresh water used for agriculture to direct human use. Halophytes are biomass, and can be used for green fuels and petrochemical feed stocks, reducing the need for petroleum-based products. We could green the planet and remove CO2 from the atmosphere as Halophytes sequester some 18% of their CO2 uptake. Overall, the business, climate, and ecosystem benefits are extraordinary, and no new technology is required.



Dennis Bushnell, is responsible for Technical Oversight and Advanced Program formulation for a major NASA Research Center with technical emphasis in the areas of Atmospheric Sciences and Structures, Materials, Acoustics, Flight Electronics/Control/Software, Instruments, Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics, Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion, Computational Sciences and Systems Optimization for Aeronautics, Spacecraft, Atmospheric Science, Space Exploration and Space Access. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Honorary Fellow of the AIAA, Fellow of ASME and the Royal Aeronautical Society. AIAA Sperry and Fluid and Plasma Dynamics Awards , AIAA Dryden Lectureship, Royal Aeronautical Society Lanchester, Swire and Wilber and Orville Wright Lectures, ICAS Guggenheim Lecture, Israel Von Karman Lecture. His contributions to National Programs include Sprint, HSCT/SST, FASTSHIP, Gemini, Apollo, RAM, Viking, X15, F-18E/F (patent holder for the “fix” to the wing drop problem), Shuttle, NASP, Submarine/Torpedo Technology, Americas’ Cup Racers, Navy Rail Gun, MAGLEV Trains and Planetary Exploration. Dennis’ technical Specialties include Flow Modelling and Control across the Speed Range, Drag Reduction, Advanced Configuration Aeronautics, Aeronautical Facilities, Advanced Power and Energy, Planetary Exploration, Commercial Deep Space, Future Warfare and Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion.




Simon Mills began his career by working as a field botanist on Cloud and Elfin rainforest in Northern Costa Rica. His subsequent career encompassed minerals and highways planning, environmental management systems and sustainable development. In 2000 he became environmental co-ordinator for the City of London, where he established the National Sustainable City Awards and worked on carbon trading, socially responsible investment and climate risk. Following a secondment to Defra in 2010, where he was responsible for establishing the Local and Regional Adaptation Partnership for England, he returned to the City of London as Corporate Policy Manager and Head of Sustainable Development. Since joining as a Z/Yen, Associate, Simon has worked on mutual distributed ledgers, standards, sustainable business, and policy performance bonds.