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Landscape and Nature Fine Art Photography by Canadian artist, Tricia McLellan.

Contemplation

A New Farming Perspective: The Vertical Farm

26 10.10

“The world would be a much better place if we had vertical farming.”
Dr. Dickson Despommier

The idea of vertical farming isn’t new. If you do a search for it at Amazon.com you’ll find a book written back in the 1950’s
but back then it was merely a theoretical concept. As we all know, technology has come a long way in the past 60 years, and the need for more sustainable agricultural has never been greater. Of course with all the benefits related to the this type of farming, there are always going to be negative aspects and possible drawbacks but at this stage it is important to explore all solutions.

Some Possible Advantages:

  • Supplement current agricultural programs without requiring more large plots of land to be converted to farmland – this would decrease deforestation
  • Produce crops year-round and thereby increasing crop production
  • Protect crops from weather-related problems and infestations
  • Crops could be grown closer to consumers, decreasing transportation costs and related spoilage
  • Decreased of pesticides due to the controlled environment

Current Criticisms:

  • Economics – currently no proven business plan for large scale use
  • Land – may only supplement current and future agricultural needs
  • Use of Energy – current greenhouses and hydroponic facilities have high energy needs and often have to close down during the colder months due to heating costs.

I believe that we do need to start looking for solutions to our current and future global environmental issues. Whether vertical farming is one of them, I don’t know. I do know that from only one idea springs several others and that’s a step in the right direction.

What do you think?

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About the author

Tricia McLellan - Tricia McLellan is a landscape and nature fine art photographer from Canada. She has a diverse educational and geographical background which has helped her to develop a unique perspective that is expressed through her photography.

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