The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century
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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
Best Documentary “Cities of the future must generate their own food supply. Dickson Despommier’s elegant, simple answer for achieving this goal is vertical farming. Welcome to the third green revolution.” —Peter Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation and cofounder of Singularity University “Despommier looked well outside the box when he began investigating ways to improve the growing and distribution of food crops. The result is a revolutionary theory that could allow the growth of
way—including producing food—in ways that do not encroach on the rights of others, such as the hardwood forest, will test our ability to think through the problem until we have solved it. I believe we can. Chapter 4 Tomorrow’s Agriculture There is nothing wrong with change, as long as it is in the right direction. —WINSTON CHURCHILL Rapid climate change (RCC) is the most important environmental issue that we face today, and it will continue to command our attention for the
throughout most of India, the monsoons have been late in coming and too short in duration, but produce the same amount of rainfall. The difference between the past and the present, of course, is that now not enough water soaks into the ground to last the year, and floods are a regular occurrence. As a consequence, topsoil is being lost at an alarming rate, and crop failures abound due to water shortages near the end of the growing season. In many places throughout India, agricultural runoff is
cultivation strategy, in which we have total control over everything, it would be possible to do so. 6. Use of 70–95 Percent Less Water Today, traditional agriculture uses around 70 percent of all the available freshwater on earth, and in doing so pollutes it, rendering it unusable for those living downstream. In contrast, hydroponic, and more recently aeroponic agricultural technologies have revolutionized the way water is used to grow plants without the damaging side effects of agricultural
a more complete description of the positive consequences in chapter 5. The implications for a sustainable food supply without further damage to the environment are obvious. The general health status of the world’s children would rapidly improve. Reduction in the infant mortality rates due to starvation or from diarrheal diseases transmitted by fecally contaminated water and food would be greatly reduced. These two problems are the most serious public health issues that will be addressed by the