Vertical farming in the big Apple
By Jeremy Cooke
BBC News, New York
Graphics courtesy of Chris Jacobs, Rolf Mohr, and Dean Fowler of
machinefilms.com and unitedfuture.com
Is this how farms will look in the future?
Downtown Manhattan is hardly a place you would associate with
agriculture. Rather, with its countless restaurants, cafes, shops and
supermarkets this is a place of consumption.
And so every morsel, every bite of food New Yorkers munch through every
day must be trucked, shipped or flown in, from across the country, and
across the world.
Now though, scientists at Columbia University are proposing an
alternative. Their vision of the future is one in which the skyline of
New York and other cities include a new kind of skyscaper: the "vertical
The idea is simple enough. Imagine a 30-storey building with glass
walls, topped off with a huge solar panel.
On each floor there would be giant planting beds, indoor fields in
There would be a sophisticated irrigation system.
if it's not quite natural...you're going to get back the rest of the
Professor Dickson Despommier
And so crops of all kinds and small livestock could all be grown in a
controlled environment in the most urban of settings.
That means there would be no shipping costs, and no pollution caused by
moving produce around the country. ...
continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6752795.stm
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