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UK: With urban grit and pink lights, London warehouse farms fish and greens

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Hofman sells 200,000 bags of salad each year to local food retailers and restaurants.

By Lin Taylor
July 26, 2017


It’s a far cry from traditional British farms that sprawl across acres of land. But for Kate Hofman, who co-founded GrowUp Urban Farms in 2013, producing food in this 6,000 square feet building in Beckton was not only clever and cost-effective, it was also a sustainable way to feed people in the city.

“Sometimes people have an idealized idea of how their food is being produced. In their head, they think that farmer Joe tends to his field with his hoe and grows his heads of lettuce,” the 32-year-old told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“We’re trying to show that you can have an industrialized food system … but you can do it in a way that’s sustainable,” said Hofman, who launched Britain’s first commercial aquaponic farm – a system that uses fish waste to fertilize crops, which in turn filtrate the water used to farm the fish.

Rich and poor countries alike are tasked with creating sustainable and inclusive cities by 2030 under global development goals agreed in 2015 – and sorting out how cities are fed is a crucial part of that challenge, experts say.

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