Here we were, dreaming of a place with more land so that we could plant our organic seeds, only to be advised by the BBC that … there’s going to be farming in New York City! And they’re talking Manhattan! Now, mind you, land in Manhattan is more expensive even than in Los Angeles … and the many-storied building is going to cost a pretty penny.
I’m wondering if it’s less outlandish than it sounds. From the BBC:
It’s all the brainchild of Columbia University Professor Dickson Despommier.
He and his students took existing greenhouse technology as a starting point and are now convinced that vertical farms are a practical suggestion.
Professor Despommier lists many advantages of this revolutionary kind of agriculture. They include:
- Year round crop production in a controlled environment
- All produce would be organic as there would be no exposure to wild parasites and bugs
- Elimination of environmentally damaging agricultural runoff
- Food being produced locally to where it is consumed
Organic food. And what a concept — sure cuts down on the cost of getting all that food to the city.
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