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Nifty idea or not?

 

 

URBAN warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide.

 

In March, the world's largest vertical farm is set to open up shop in Scranton. Built by Green Spirit Farms (GSF) of New Buffalo, Michigan, it will only be a single storey covering 3.25 hectares, but with racks stacked six high it will house 17 million plants. And it is just one of a growing number.

 

Vertical farms aim to avoid the problems inherent in growing food crops in drought-and-disease-prone fields many hundreds of kilometres from the population centres in which they will be consumed. Instead, Dickson Despommier – an ecologist at Columbia University in New York City who has championed vertical farms since 1999 – suggests that food should be grown year-round in high-rise urban buildings, reducing the need for the carbon-emitting transport of fruit and vegetables.

 

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129524.100-vertical-farms-sprouting-all-over-the-world.html#.Ut712PvLfcs

 

http://www.verticalfarm.com/

 

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THE FUTURE IS RUSHING UPON US

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http://pavelpodolyak.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/21st-century-paradigm-shift-and.html

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Think they are a good idea, seen a few articles about them, one also IIRC included algae tubes that pumped them past windows to get natural light, the idea was to turn that into energy when it was ready to be harnessed as a bio fuel.

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