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Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:future, overpopulation, farming, architectural design, neat ideas
Submitted:Rodents of Unusual Size
Date:09/14/12
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gmol
People love making vertical farm concept designs, but when you read the fine print in the new story it always says "well, this doesn't actually work". None of these designs seem to be able to work (or could forseeably work) better than what we have now.

It just seems to be more efficient to have a farm in Virginia, bring the food into NYC where everyone lives in a tiny little tightly packed cubes and don't need to own cars.
Oscar Wildcat
Counterpoint: We could just stop paving over rich, fertile farmland to build strip malls and McMansions. Then we'd have all the fresh produce we need. But I'm generally considered to be insane, so let's do the sensible thing as shown in the clip.

gmol
We are running out of farmland?

Oscar Wildcat
If we're not, why bother planting plants on skyscrapers? (grin)

I've tried growing vegetables in a number of ways, and it's been my experience that directly in the ground is the cheapest and easiest. Anything else and you're gonna pay a premium.

I had NJ/NY in mind about the disappearing farmland. You wouldn't believe today that at one time the Garden State was just that.

Jet Bin Fever
Space isn't the issue so much as waste and control. It's much easier to control effluent waste (dirty water, soil, fertilizer, pesticides, even carbon dioxide) from a single point system than a non-point system such as from massive fields of crops. Also, if a blight breaks out on floor 13, you can always isolate it before it spreads to the others. I think this is a great idea and will eventually be very successful and profitable to the people that do it the best.

gmol
How do floors isolate blight any better than fields?

takewithfood
It seems to me that this would be a more viable option in a world with higher transportation costs and lower energy costs. Until then, meh.

Old_Zircon
The Leaning Tower of Pizza? In Saugus, MA?

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/576
Corpus Delectable
The thing about plants, you see, is that they need sunlight. That sunlight comes from above, which, you'll notice, is exactly where you've put other plants. Oh, and your plant-scraper is also shading the plant-scraper next to it.

Moron.
Jet Bin Fever
You don't need the sun to make "sunlight"... moron. You can grow plants with artificial light in the same spectrums as the sun. The actual sun will still shine on them for much of the day as well depending on the angle.

Corpus Delectable
Boy, are you wrong. Artificial sunlight--that is to say "artificial light in the same spectrums as the sun" but is not "sunlight"--is very energy intensive to produce. Cops find pot growers, for example, by looking at residential electrical power consumption. And pot is a weed that *wants* to grow.

LEDs won't even quite cut it, except in boutique markets like providing fresh organic greens to the restaurant trade in NY City. Potatoes? Corn? Asparagus? Wheat? That's going to be grown in fields for a very long time.

You're not a moron, Jet Bin, but you are a bit uninformed and tetchy.

biohazzrd
"My world will be ecologically balanced"
Yeah, his future entails eating out of a garbage can.
Triggerbaby
Why stop at skyscrapers? There are plenty of other economically unfeasable places to grow food! Underwater! Underground! On top of massive balloons! In space!
Dread Pirate Roberts
Vertical farming could work... but it won't solve the food crisis. Only condoms will.
takewithfood
I don't see how feeding condoms to starving people is going to help.

takewithfood
Can't let all that protein go to waste, I guess.

Gallez
Great design. Stick some windmills on that five story building completely surrounded by skyscrapers, that will make it even more ecologically sound.

I also like the "Pyramid of Dark, Useless, Wasted Internal Space" and the" Glass Building with Pieces of Metal Stuck to the Outside for no Good Reason".
garcet71283
Now how about veritical cities? I always wanted to live in Nar Shadda.
memedumpster
Raaaar, don't touch my food production even though I can't grow food! The problem is people, even though there's enough food for everyone! Your technology sucks because I don't like how it makes my emotions worry about not OM NOM NOM GIVE CHEESEBURGER NOOOOOOOOOAAAARROOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Ha ha.
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