The Vertical Farm

The Vertical Farm

Feeding the World in the 21st Century

Book - 2010
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Imagine a world where every town has its 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. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including: -Allowing year-round crop production -Providing food to areas currently lacking arable land -Immunity to weather-related crop failure -Re-use of water collected by de-humidification of the indoor environment -New employment opportunities -No use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides -Drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels -No crop loss due to shipping or storage -No agricultural runoff
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312611392
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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