Sunday, July 18th, 2010
It seems that every day brings more hype for the vertical farming market. Here is a wrap up of some articles that are on our radar:
- Converted Organics Strengthens Green Tech Portfolio With Proposed Acquisition of Vertical Farming company:
TerraSphere designs, builds and operates highly efficient and scalable systems, featuring a patented, proprietary technology that utilizes vertically-stacked modules to house rows of plants, which are then placed perpendicular to an interior light source to grow pesticide-free organic fruits and vegetables. Due to a controlled, indoor environment, the system generates fresh produce year-round in any location or climate world-wide.
The second project that Sting and Styler have attached themselves to is also related to agriculture (this time more directly). It’s a film that will draw information from the popular book The Vertical Farm: Feeding Ourselves and the World in the 21st Century, and it could open up America to an entirely new idea of farming. Information on what the exact film would look like is sparse, but it’s likely to be a documentary that focuses on the construction of one of the new vertical farms being created here in the United States.
Sting and Styler are no strangers to farming themselves. At their Tuscan homethey produce—and export for sale—organic olive oil, honey, and biodynamic wine. That sprawling other era estate is a far cry from the uber-modern vertical farmsthey’ll be tackling as they take on the film, though. Perhaps they’ll be adding an upright agricultural building to their real estate acquisitions soon?
Since the world is becoming increasingly urbanized, planners have asked if we can bring food production directly to the people, cutting out the environmental impact of food miles. Plus, food consumed immediately after harvest has the freshest taste and the highest nutrient content. Designs like Chris Jacob’s groundbreaking vertical farm would also allow city dwellers direct experience with how their food is produced, closing the cycle of alienation from natural processes that has crept into modern life.
Urban farming is a response to a variety of pressures. Large parts of the developing world are facing shortages of water and arable land, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says. Governments and other sponsors have supported urban food-growing projects in Cuba, Colombia, Botswana and Egypt. In the developed world, small-scale urban farms are seen as an antidote to industrialized agriculture’s excesses, including chemical fertilizers that pollute waterways and the high costs, both monetary and environmental, of transporting food to urban markets.