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The Vertical Farm

Feeding the World in the 21st Century
Despommier, Dickson D. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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When the author, a Columbia professor, set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big, he thought up. His stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These multi-story intensely managed indoor farms, grown inside skyscrapers, are capable of producing traditional greenhouse crops, as well as pigs and fowl, year-round. They would provide solutions to many of the serious problems the world is facing.
Authors: Despommier, Dickson D.
Title: The vertical farm
feeding the world in the 21st century
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiv, 305 p., [32] p. of plates :,col. ill., col. maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dickson Despommier
Contents: Remodeling nature
Yesterday's agriculture
Today's agriculture
Tomorrow's agriculture
The vertical farm: advantages
The vertical farm: form and function
The vertical farm: social benefits
The vertical farm: alternate uses
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Summary: When the author, a Columbia professor, set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big, he thought up. His stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These multi-story intensely managed indoor farms, grown inside skyscrapers, are capable of producing traditional greenhouse crops, as well as pigs and fowl, year-round. They would provide solutions to many of the serious problems the world is facing.
ISBN: 0312611390
9780312611392
Branch Call Number: 630 D471v 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Land use, Urban Agriculture Environmental aspects Alternative agriculture Urban agriculture
Topical Term: Land use, Urban
Agriculture
Alternative agriculture
Urban agriculture
LCCN: 2010029257
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Sep 23, 2014
  • kanbantus rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a very interesting read to me. Written in a dreamy and futuristic voice, this book provides some interesting food for thought. The main thing for me was trying not to take everything written in this book literally, rather keep an open mind and dream a little. Book proposes a very brave idea, which is a bit unrealistic at present, but might be very well implemented in 20-30 years, when humanity would really face the issue of empty shelves at stores and would need to reinvent its ways for food production. Keep an open mind while reading it and enjoy ;) BTW the author is a contributor to the teriffic science audio podcast - twiv and twip!

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