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CNN – A farm on every rooftop

A CNN video report

March 24, 2011

Vertical farming is a revolutionary idea that would enable cities to feed themselves.
Note (Mike): See a 15,000 sq. ft. rooftop greenhouse under construction in New York City by Gotham Greens. Viraj Puri describes the project.


1 James Kalin { 03.31.11 at 12:17 pm }

Vertical (skyscraper) farming is not viable either economically or environmentally. Please understand that I’m not talking about rooftop farms, which can be viable if done properly. What I’m talking about are the skyscraper farms that Despommier and others are proposing.

Here’s a George Monbiot article, entitled “Towering Lunacy”, that’s an enjoyable read that does a good job of laying out the basic flaws in the vertical farming notion, including plenty of online references to sources.

Michael Bomford – an educator, researcher and extension agent with Kentucky State U.’s Organic Ag Working Group, as well as a Post Carbon Institute Fellow – wrote a nicely readable analysis of vertical farms on his blog, Energy Farms. Here’s a link to it:

Majora Carter wrote the forward to Despommier’s recent details-free book, The Vertical Farm. Majora, like Mike Bomford, is also a Post Carbon Institute Fellow. The PCI website is:

I can imagine the conversation she and Mike Bomford might have at the next Post Carbon Institute Fellows retreat.

2 mstie { 05.26.11 at 4:00 pm }

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