Vertical Farming

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Vertical farms? You may ask what is that? Are those the tomatoes that are hanging from people’s porches? Well not exactly Vertical farming is the stacking of multiple greenhouses on top of each other to create a more efficient and organized farming area. What happens if we need that space for a big corporation or a community park that is what some people may argue? Well what is better for the community as a whole than to have a farm that can give a community tons of fresh crops or something that might be destroyed in some time. This concept comes from a professor at Colombia University by the name of Dr. Dickson Despommier. People see this as something that might cost a lot of money and will provide no output the short run. Is Vertical farming for the bad or the good? I believe that vertical farms would be very beneficial to any community. Dr. Dickson Despommier is the biggest proponent of Vertical Farming and is also an ecology professor at Colombia University. Dr. Dickson Despommier describes his idea “A Vertical farm, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers.”(Ted Talk). According to his ted talk and his book The Vertical Farm: Feeding ourselves and the world in the 21st century, this relatively new concept of vertical farming has the potential to rebuild the world in many ways and improve the world for everybody. For example, a Vertical Farm can provide fresher produce for its community because it’s grown locally, not shipped from outside sources. Additionally, Vertical Farming is designed to use much less land and water than traditional farms as well, due to the fact the water to be used will be reclaimed water, lowering the impact on the environment. (Despommier & ted talk) What’s so g... ... middle of paper ... .... Works Cited "2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger Education Service." 2013 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics by World Hunger Education Service. 29 Oct. 2013 . Bailey, Gilbert Ellis. Vertical farming. Baltimore: Lord Baltimore P, 1915. Despommier, Dickson D. The vertical farm: Feeding ourselves and the world in the 21st century. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2010. "The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com." The Vertical Farm Project - Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com. 29 Oct. 2013 . "TEDxWindyCity -- Dickson Despommier -- The Vertical Farm." YouTube. 03 Nov. 2010. YouTube. 31 Oct. 2013 .
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