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Sep 25, 2010

The Farm of the Future - Harvesting in Skyscrapers?

In The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, argues that in the future, cities will need to farm vertically, locating agricultural space within skyscrapers.  He proposes that vertical farms will use less land and waster fewer resources.

Despommier envisions the city as a functioning natural ecosystem, complete with recycling food waste and wastewater.  He advocates returning large quantities of farmland to their natural state.


For more see:

Despommier, Dickson D. The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010.

"The Farm of the Future: Harvesting the Sky," Wall Street Journal, Life & Style section, 25 September 2010.

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