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    Vertical Farming in Cities Could Be Big

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Vertical farming in tall greenhouses keep crops closer to home, making it popular in major cities.

    Have you ever wanted to grow a vegetable garden, but just didn’t have the space for all those plants? Vertical farming is the newest urban craze.

    In cities where there is no room to have large plots of land for growing food, the only way to farm is to build up, and innovative urban communities are doing just that. It cuts down on transportation costs for produce and allows for the fruits and vegetables to be fresher than if they were grown thousands of miles away.

    Other benefits to indoor farming include reducing the amounts of pesticides used to grow food, which end up polluting the environment.

    Dickson Despommier, a professor of microbiology at Columbia University came up with the concept of vertical farming along with some of his students in 1999. He has written a book called Vertical Farming – Feeding the World in the 21st Century.

    There are several projects underway to implement the vertical farming method, including one of the largest vertical farms ever being planned for construction in Sweden.

    Would you grow your own vertical farm?