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Vertical Farming: A Great Idea Goes Too Far

Taking factory farming to another level.

Taking factory farming to another level.

In my last blog post I explained my opposition to urban farming. To sum it up in less than 1300 words, our food distribution system is relatively efficient with the greatest inefficiencies existing in the last mile of transportation, industrial agriculture takes up too much land and in urban areas, that land is better used for dense urban development.

This vertical farm in Vancouver shows the increased efficiency of vertical farming. (Image from vancouverfoodster.com)

This vertical farm in Vancouver shows the increased efficiency of vertical farming.
(Image from vancouverfoodster.com)

Vertical farming has the potential to remove the need for large amounts of land, which would change one of the key points in my opposition against urban agriculture. So what do I think of vertical farming? Vertical farming is a troubled concept, a combination of innovative genius and maniacal stupidity. This duality results from the fact that vertical farming isn’t very¬†well defined. The concept is great, but there are those who want to take the concept beyond the limits of reality. Continue reading

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