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465. Bright Idea: Vertical Farming August 27, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Food and Drink, Service.
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Pictured on the right are two levels of an imagined circular greenhouse. Build 15 vertical farms with 30 levels each, and you can feed 1 million people, according to the man with the idea, Dickson Despommier.

Rooftop solar panels will power 24-hr grow lights; evaporating water is captured for irrigation; since the building requires only a small footprint, build one near a city-center to drastically decrease delivery costs. A 21-level farm is predicted to cost $84 million, with operating costs at $5 mil a year, with a revenue of $18 mil a year. Via Business2.0.

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1. thebirdman82 - August 27, 2007

I read an article about this in Popular Science a while back.

2. Mike G - August 31, 2007

Awesome – kind of brings to mind the vertical parking garages in Japan.


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