Model – The Vertical Farm project & discussion group
The Vertical Farm Project (http://verticalfarm.com/) investigates the future possibilities of growing our food indoor in vertical towers within the cities. The drivers for such a movement include rising urban populations (“By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers”) necessitating new land for food production (“An estimated 109 hectares of new land … will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today”). If the price of petrol also continues to rise, the need for increased urban food production will also be accentuated. Vertical farming could provide one possible option to address this need.
Visit http://verticalfarm.com/ to find out more about the project.
Alternatively, a discussion group has recently been started by Kelsey Wagner with Columbia UniversityÂ´s permission and support at http://groups.google.com/group/vertical-farm. The goal of this discussion group is to build a global community of activists, scientists, organizations, and common citizens to debate the project and to make it a reality in a socially responsible way.