The Farm of the Future
July 15th, 2008
According to an article in the New York Times science section, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has become a booster for so-called “vertical farms,” urban skyscrapers that serve as green houses for growing fruit and vegetables and can even house farm animals. Stringer tells the Times that†he plans†on pitching the idea to the mayor’s office and believes the city can get the estimated $20 to $30 million to add a prototype food farm to the skyline.
The concept of a vertical farm is being championed by Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University and his students. (See a Web site for designs and explaination.) A recent article in New York Magazine†features a simple, step-by-step explanation of how such a tower might work in Manhattan.By Mark Berkey-Gerard on July 15, 2008, 1:36 pm
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