The Vertical Farm

The Vertical Farm

Feeding the World in the 21st Century

Book - 2010
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"The vertical farm is a world-changing innovation whose time has come. Dickson Despommier's visionary book provides a blueprint for securing the world's food supply and at the same time solving one of the gravest environmental crises facing us today."--Sting

Imagine a world where every town has their own local food source, grown in the safest way possible, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature's grocery store - imagine the world of the vertical farm.

When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. Despommier's stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Despommier explains how the vertical farm will have an incredible impact on changing the face of this planet for future generations.

Despommier takes readers on an incredible journey inside the vertical farm, buildings filled with fruits and vegetables that will provide local food sources for entire cities.

Vertical farms will allow us to:
- Grow food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Protect crops from unpredictable and harmful weather
- Re-use water collected from the indoor environment
- Provide jobs for residents
- Eliminate use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides
- Drastically reduce dependence on fossil fuels
- Prevent crop loss due to shipping or storage
- Stop agricultural runoff

Vertical farms can be built in abandoned buildings and on deserted lots, transforming our cities into urban landscapes which will provide fresh food grown and harvested just around the corner. Possibly the most important aspect of vertical farms is that they can built by nations with little or no arable land, transforming nations which are currently unable to farm into top food producers. In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us , The Vertical Farm is a completely original landmark work destined to become an instant classic

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312611392
0312611390
Branch Call Number: 338 .19 DES
Characteristics: xiv, 305 p., [32] p. of plates :,col. ill., col. maps ;,25 cm

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Sep 23, 2014

It was a very interesting read to me. Written in a dreamy and futuristic voice, this book provides some interesting food for thought. The main thing for me was trying not to take everything written in this book literally, rather keep an open mind and dream a little. Book proposes a very brave idea, which is a bit unrealistic at present, but might be very well implemented in 20-30 years, when humanity would really face the issue of empty shelves at stores and would need to reinvent its ways for food production. Keep an open mind while reading it and enjoy ;) BTW the author is a contributor to the teriffic science audio podcast - twiv and twip!

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