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Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

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Denmark is making huge investments in urban agriculture, with some of the world’s leading architects and designers steering the way to a whole-systems, ecological approach to growing food.

Two articles
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
inhabitat
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
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William McDonough: The Agro Food Park is a whole complex right now with 75 companies, about 1000 people. It’s part of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and was opened in 2009, about 460,000 square feet. There’s about half a million square feet already in place with 75 companies, and they’re looking to expand and build an additional roughly three million square feet over the next 30 years. That’s what we’re doing here as the master plan and then conceiving how this sort of agricultural technology and food production thinking in Denmark can be expanded as commercial opportunities for people and their synergies. This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.

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Singapore’s Bjorn Low: Urban farming gave life goal to co-founder of Edible Garden City

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Mr Bjorn Low grows vegetables and herbs for restaurants to use in their Dishes. St Photo: Alphonsus Chern

Edible Garden City co-founder Bjorn Low was inspired to lead a simple life after working on organic farms in Europe

By Venessa Lee
StraitsTimes
Oct 3, 2016

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Mr Low and his team have built similar gardens on the rooftops of buildings such as Wheelock Place and Raffles City, as well as in schools such as Pathlight, which teaches high-functioning autistic children, and Montfort Secondary.

From its early days with five staff, Edible Garden City has 12 today. And last year, it generated $700,000 in revenue, with a net profit of $100,000.

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