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NPR: Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

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This “pinkhouse” at Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas, grows 2.2 million plants under the glow of blue and red LEDs.

“The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective.”

By Michaeleen Doucleff
NPR
May 21, 2013

Excerpt:

The idea of taking a skyscraper and turning it into a vertical farming complex is absolutely ridiculous from an energy perspective,” says horticulturist Cary Mitchell of Purdue University, who’s been working on ways to grow plants in space for more than 20 years.

The future of vertical farming, Mitchell thinks, lies not in city skyscrapers, but rather in large warehouses located in the suburbs, where real estate and electricity are cheaper.

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May 26, 2013   Comments Off on NPR: Vertical ‘Pinkhouses:’ The Future Of Urban Farming?

Urban farming and food tyranny – podcast

kidyellowPhoto by Andy Boenau, used with permission.

Interview with Josh O’Conner, Senior Editor for the Urban Times an online magazine. He’s a planner by trade and an advocate for community-oriented urbanism.

By Andy Boenau
Urbanism Speakeasy
05/20/2013

Excerpts:

Why does the government make growing and selling your own food so difficult? The FDA approves sugary desserts and sodas but I can’t bottle my own milk and sell it to a neighbor. Is there any hope that local or state governments will get behind their constituents and make small-scale agriculture more attractive? [Spoiler alert: prohibition never ended in the United States.]

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May 26, 2013   Comments Off on Urban farming and food tyranny – podcast