Sunday, 7 September 2008

Vertical Farm in New York City

Back in July I made a posting about an IHT article on vertical urban farms.
A reader of Farm Blogs From Around the World left a comment, saying:
"I really want to see further progress on this concept because I think this is could be a solution to our rising food shortage…I am involved in a campaign to build the first functioning tower."

"The Vertical Farm (VF) is a urban indoor highrise farm that can grow food to feed urban populations in a sustainable way. It’s one of the most innovative solutions to the impending food and environmental crisises we’ll see in the next 50 years.
Dr. Dickson Despommier at Columbia University has taken the lead in developing designs & building support for the VF, but we need to build one to show the world it’s a viable solution, so lets do it in New York!

Key VF benefits include:

1. year-round indoor farming produces 4-6 times more food

2. all organic

3. dramatic reduction of fossil fuel use in farming: shipping, tractors, etc.

4. recycles water it uses

5. avoids weather-related crop failures

6. new jobs

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