'Vertical farm' blossoms at meatpacking plant Greens and mushrooms grown at the Plant with homemade sauce and bread by Carla, the plant's mycologist. John Edel is building a zero waste veritcal farm on Chicago's South SideIt has bakers, fish farmer, tea brewer and other farms working with each other to use wasteEdel hopes this will show other businesses the ease of adapting to green initiatives (CNN) -- An old meatpacking plant on Chicago's South Side is being transformed into an eco farm, which its founders says will produce food sustainably, while creating zero waste. American entrepreneur John Edel is the founder of "The Plant," a vertical-farm initiative that he hopes will show people the ease of adapting to green food production in urban living environments. A vertical farm is an urban agriculture concept whereby food is grown in and on top of buildings in city areas. Watch: A farm on every roof top At a certain point I realized if we built an anaerobic digester, we could get our waste down to zero.
The Pleasures of Eating - Wendell Berry ecoliteracy.org The Pleasures of Eating Many times, after I have finished a lecture on the decline of American farming and rural life, someone in the audience has asked, "What can city people do?" "Eat responsibly," I have usually answered. I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act. Most urban shoppers would tell you that food is produced on farms. The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption. Perhaps I exaggerate, but not by much. There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom. But if there is a food politics, there are also a food esthetics and a food ethics, neither of which is dissociated from politics. One will find this obliviousness represented in virgin purity in the advertisements of the food industry, in which food wears as much makeup as the actors. It is possible, then, to be liberated from the husbandry and wifery of the old household food economy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You are here Tools Print
Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First 'Plantscraper' Vertical Farm in Sweden! Several years ago a Swedish-American company called Plantagon unveiled plans for a series of massive skyscraper greenhouses that stood to transform urban farming in large cities. While the spiraling vertical farms seemed too good to be true at the time, Plantagon broke ground on its very first vertical farm a few weeks ago in Linkoping, Sweden! The "Plantscraper" will grow and supply fresh vegetables while creating solutions to some of the most vexing city pollution issues. The design that was finally decided upon for the first Plantagon is no longer a sphere but an elegant tower - click through our gallery to see it. Plantagon seems to have traded in its initial geodesic dome design for a sheer tower that both contains and showcases the plants growing inside. Inside the massive glass walls, vegetables will be grown in pots and then transitioned to trays positioned around a giant central helix. + Plantagon Via treehugger
Local Food Systems: Selected Resources Local Food Systems: Selected Resources Elizabeth Berman Science & Engineering Librarian Bailey/Howe Library University of Vermont Burlington, Vermontelizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Berman. Introduction/Scope The term "food system" is used to describe the complex and interconnected activities of agricultural food production, processing, marketing, consumption, and ultimately disposal. Food systems can be framed in any number of ways, including industrial, conventional, globalized, organic, sustainable, fair-trade, or local food systems. While there is no single accepted definition, as used here "local food system" refers to the interrelated pieces of food production and processing, distribution and direct marketing, and consumption that strengthen the economic, environmental, social and nutritional health of a geographic region, often defined within a 400-mile radius of food origin. Index Resources Local/Community Food Systems Statistical Resources Food Policy and Law
studiomobile: seawater vertical farm mar 05, 2009 studiomobile: seawater vertical farm ‘seawater vertical farm’ by studiomobile image courtesy studiomobile during the last two years italian architectural firm studiomobile have been working in the united arab emirates, developing housing projects and infrastructure projects. the seawater vertical farm uses seawater to cool and humidify greenhouses and to convert sufficient humidity back in to fresh water to irrigate the crops. the project has been presented in dubai where there is an absence of fresh water and local cultivations, a problem of urban transport and a high soil value, making this concept a feasible one. ‘seawater vertical farm’ image courtesy studiomobile inside the ‘seawater vertical farm’ image courtesy studiomobile ‘seawater vertical farm’ diagram of how the farm works image courtesy studiomobile how the concept works: phase 03 the warm air is forced to flow upward by the stack effect that is temperature induced. ridhika naidoo I designboom
The Determinants of Food Choice 1. Introduction Given the priority for population dietary change there is a need for a greater understanding of the determinants that affect food choice. This review examines the major influences on food choice with a focus on those that are amenable to change and discusses some successful interventions. 2. The key driver for eating is of course hunger but what we choose to eat is not determined solely by physiological or nutritional needs. Biological determinants such as hunger, appetite, and taste Economic determinants such as cost, income, availability Physical determinants such as access, education, skills (e.g. cooking) and time Social determinants such as culture, family, peers and meal patterns Psychological determinants such as mood, stress and guilt Attitudes, beliefs and knowledge about food The complexity of food choice is obvious from the list above, which is in itself not exhaustive. 2.1 Biological determinants of food choice Hunger and satiety Palatability Sensory aspects
Growing up - is vertical farming the future? Are high rise farms, vertical farming, and urban farming the solution to feeding our growing population? More and more architects, politicians and urban planners are latching on to the idea that something radical has to be done to feed the world’s rapidly growing cities in the coming decades. And not just cities, what about the world’s increasing arid zones, and areas of depleted farming land? What about the pressures to control carbon emissions and reduce food miles? These questions have led us at Valcent Products in Cornwall to design VertiCrop – a vertical growing system which is now selling worldwide. With it, you can produce over 500,000 lettuces per annum in a 250m2 greenhouse, using much less water, much less energy, and no pesticides in the growing process. Because VertiCrop is designed for controlled environment growing, plant growth can be fully optimised, meaning good quality produce, and more crop cycles per annum. What do you think about vertical growing and food security?
The True Cost of Cheap Food Cheap food causes hunger. On its face, the statement makes no sense. If food is cheaper it’s more affordable and more people should be able to get an adequate diet. This is the central contradiction of cheap food. An estimated 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and depend either directly or indirectly on agriculture. The food crisis has indeed served as a wake-up call for governments and international agencies responsible for such matters. The Bank, of course, studiously avoided taking any responsibility for having promoted the very policies that caused agriculture to be neglected in the first place: not only the cuts in aid and investment, but the structural adjustment programmes, imposed as conditions on its loans, which gutted the capacity of most governments to support domestic agriculture. These same structural adjustment programmes were part of the campaign to get governments out of the economy altogether. That’s really how the theory works. Timothy A.
THE FUTURE OF THE FOOD SUPPLY IN THE CITY REVISITED: IS VERTICAL FARMING (AT THE PRECIOUS HEART OF THE CITY) A GREENER AND ALTERNATIVE WAY TO PRODUCE FOOD? NOW, AFTER TRIALS AND ERRORS, THE IDEA IS ABOUT TO BE PROVEN. | URBAN 360º by Pablo Sánchez Chillón “An indoor farmer doesn’t pray for rain”. Several studies confirm that, by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the Earth’s population will reside in urban centers (today’s rate is up to 60%). Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during that period, posing new challenges to sustainability and development. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. Furthermore, the additional land available for cultivation is unevenly distributed, and much of it is suitable for growing only a few crops. Nowdays, we can find vacant spaces and derelict buildings in the city that are suitable for alternative uses, and the trend, for diverse reasons, is to be growing. The topic is not new. PlantLab is located in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Me gusta:
Canadian Foodgrains Bank - Rebalancing the Global Food Supply This three-part series, written by Stuart Clark, originally appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press in July 2011. Part One: It’s a New World Originally printed in the Winnipeg Free Press July 23, 2011. The global food system can seem a complicated thing. An easy way to understand it is to think of it is as a water bucket. For about 50 years, the system worked fine. Throw in changing weather patterns—things like drought or, as happened this year on the Canadian prairies, too much rain—and production can’t keep up with demand. It wasn’t always this way. Today, that’s all changed. How did we get into this situation? Despite the fact that human population doubled over the past 40 years, food production was always able to keep up with demand. So what changed? In China, for example, annual meat consumption has jumped from three to 60 kilograms per person over the past 50 years. Another big factor is biofuels. All of this consumption is putting a strain on food production and driving up prices.
Interview With The Father Of Vertical Farming – Dr. Dickson Despommier This is a community post, untouched by our editors. According to the Vertical Farm Project, by the year 2050 the earth’s human population will have increased by around 3 billion, and 80% will reside in urban centers. The project estimates 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than the area of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. Though at its core, the project asks; “How are we to avoid this impending disaster”? The man behind this project, Dr. Dickson Despommier, believes the answer is simple – farm vertically. Dr. Former Columbia professor Dr. I spoke to him from his home in New Jersey. Read about The Virtues of Vertical Farming (URBNFUTR). For those who have never heard of the concept, can you please briefly explain the main premise of vertical farming? Very simply it’s hightech hydroponic greenhouses stacked on top of one another that grow food within an urban landscape. Exactly! Iceland?