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BBC Future: Can city farms feed a hungry world?

Vertical Harvest’s three-storey-tall hydroponic greenhouse is expected to produce an annual yield of 40 tonnes of fruit and vegetables a year. Copyright: Vertical Harvest.

Within just the past 10 years, an increasing interest in city farming has been paralleled by the creation of the slow food and locallly sourced, or “locavore” movements, a foundation for the rise of urban farming initiatives.

June 4, 2013


Already, we have large-scale indoor farms such as EuroFresh Farms in Willcox, Arizona (318 acres (1.3 square km) of one-storey-high hydroponic greenhouses), supplying fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and FarmedHere in Bedford Park, Illinois, a 90,000 square-foot (8,360 square metre) empty warehouse several storeys tall that was converted into an indoor farm producing tilapia (freshwater fish), a variety of leafy green vegetables, and several value-added products. Indoor farms (controlled environment agriculture or CEA) will undoubtedly replace most outdoor urban agricultural initiatives as the advantages of farming within protected environments become more widely accepted.

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The Baltimore Food Hub


A 3.5-acre campus containing the historic Eastern Pumping Station


Urban Farming: Urban farming is an emerging piece of the local food economy, bringing productive new use to vacant urban land, creating jobs in under-served communities, and providing very local food production. Most importantly it empowers under-served communities by connecting them to fresh food sources in their own neighborhood. Baltimore-based Big City Farms plans to build a high-intensity urban farm at the Baltimore Food Hub, as part of its network of urban agriculture sites. Big City Farms is a for-profit urban agriculture company that is both a grower-network of small, urban sustainable farms and an aggregator that collects, processes, and delivers produce to grocery stores, hospitals, colleges and individual farmer’s market shoppers.

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