Blog Pick :: The Vertical Farm

Re-blog by: Alyce Packard, BIA Candidate

There is a problem that most of us have probably never even worried about. By the year 2050, the human population will increase by 3 billion people and nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. To feed all of these people, we would need a plot of land that is 20% bigger than Brazil to raise crops and farm. We’re already using up almost all of the usable land that we have for farming, so what could we possibly do to prevent the population from starving to death? Farm vertically.
The concept of indoor farming has already been created and used for small herbs and tomatoes but we now need to figure out a way to scale up this technology so that it could help us accommodate another 3 billion people. Vertical farms will be stories high situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. Humans are protected against the elements, 60% of the human population lives vertically in cities so why don’t we figure out a way for our precious plants to be protected from the elements as well? This would make it so that we could produce crops year round, regardless of the weather. Click here to see the other advantages of vertical farming.
This is an idea blog; it is about coming up with a vertical farm that will be successful. There are even floor plans, site plans, elevations, and diagrams that you can check out that could be future vertical farms someday. The Vertical Farm blog gives you the information you need to help the creator, Dr. Dickson Despommier, come up with a vertical farm that works. He gives you information on the state of the current land, what is wrong with it and how to fix it, and he talks a lot about LED lighting and how he’d like to use that for the vertical farms. If you’re interested in The Vertical Farm you can either check out his blog or read his book and help this future project become a reality.