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The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

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“The vertical farm is a world-changing innovation whose time has come. Dickson Despommier’s visionary book provides a blueprint for securing the world’s food supply and at the same time solving probably the most gravest environmental crises facing us today.”–Sting

Imagine a world where every town has their own local food source, grown in the safest way imaginable, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature’s grocery store – believe the world of the vertical farm.

When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America’s food, water, and energy crises, he didn’t just think big – he thought up. Despommier’s stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Despommier explains how the vertical farm will have an unbelievable have an effect on on changing the face of this planet for future generations.

Despommier takes readers on an unbelievable journey inside the vertical farm, buildings filled with fruits and vegetables that will provide local food sources for entire cities.

Vertical farms will allow us to:
– Grow food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
– Protect crops from unpredictable and harmful weather
– Re-use water collected from the indoor environment
– Provide jobs for residents
– Eliminate use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides
– Drastically reduce dependence on fossil fuels
– Prevent crop loss as a result of shipping or storage
– Stop agricultural runoff

Vertical farms can be built in abandoned buildings and on deserted lots, transforming our cities into urban landscapes which will provide fresh food grown and harvested just around the corner. Possibly the most important aspect of vertical farms is that They may be able to built by nations with little or no arable land, transforming nations which are currently unable to farm into top food producers. In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, The Vertical Farm is a completely original landmark work destined to transform an instant classic

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When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America’s food, water, and energy crises, he didn’t just think big – he thought up. Despommier’s stroke of genius, The Vertical Farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including: allowing year-round crop production; providing food to areas currently lacking arable land; immunity to weather-related crop failure; re-use of water collected by de-humidification of the indoor environment; new employment opportunities; no use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides; drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels; no crop loss as a result of shipping or storage; no agricultural runoff; and, many more. Vertical farming can be located on abandoned city properties, creating new urban revenue streams. They are going to employ lots of skilled and unskilled labor. They may be able to be run on wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. They may be able to be used to grow plants for pharmaceutical purposes or for converting gray water back into drinking water. In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, this can be a totally original landmark work destined to transform a classic. With stunning illustrations and clear and entertaining writing, this book will appeal to anyone concerned about America’s future.

A Look Inside Vertical Farm
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Pyramid Farm by Eric Ellingsen and Dickson Despommier Urban Farm, Urban Epicenter by Jung Min Nam

The Dragonfly Tower by Vincent Callebaut Harvest Green by Romses Architects

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