When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. Despommier's stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including:
Vertical farms can be located on abandoned city properties, creating new urban revenue streams. They will employ lots of skilled and unskilled labor. They can be run on wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. They can be used to grow plants for pharmaceutical purposes or for converting gray water back into drinking water.
In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, this is a totally original landmark work destined to become a classic.
©2010 Dickson Despommier (P)2010 Tantor
I absolutely love the dream of this book. My excitement while listening was at 5 stars, but... Unfortunately after study, the book is based on wishes as well as present technology. It is a mix with enough functional technology blended with wishful thinking, to have confused me, initially. I started to 'buy the whole package'..... Fortunately, my Ag background raised resistance to things like, where all the light 'power' might come from, it is a major problem for indoor growers. Then, I looked into his proposition of plasma gasification. That seems to be a dead end for the moment. Plasma gasification plants have been tried in the US, and should be again, but none are working, and the plants have closed. Most plants in other countries (one reported in Germany took US$500 million down with it) have also given up.... For now, I feel like I have listened to a techno version of a Dan Brown novel - believable, but functionally fiction. I wish it were true, maybe this is an image of things to come....
A lot of background and history, but I like that kind of stuff. The author finally gets to the main subject and treats it well. The four stars are mainly for the great concept.
The Vertical Farm does a great job explaining the science and economy of an alternative method of farming. The description of hydroponics and aeroponics were very informative. The author makes a great case for the feasibility of this method of food production.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
The topic of this book is very important to me for I do believe that the author is correct that vertical farming is workable, and we as a nation are doing little to prove or disprove its practicality. In the reading of this manuscript I was most disappointed that the author did not write more about the actual workings of vertical farming. The authors seem to move more in the direction of historical and philosophical facts.
That a book was written in the first place about such an important subject. The book itself was disappointing to me although I do believe that scientifically vertical farming is an answer to many of the world's problems.
What a stupid question to ask about a book such as this.
Much more should be written concerning the possibility and practicality of vertical farming. I do believe that in the future despite the lack of interest now being shown by our government to such an important subject that prototypes of vertical farming will prove to be successful.
Yes. It will change the way you think about how your city is supplied with food, and just how vulnerable and precarious our food production and distribution system is.
The Singularity is Near. By Ray kurtweil both books speak of profound changes coming in humanity's future. Enevatibilities that will revolutionize future human life.
The whole thing!
That current agriculture practices are both destructive and unsustainable.
Everyone should listen to or read this book. The concept has the ability to solve many of the major problems that threaten our very existance.
If you are looking for a book to convince you that vertical farms will be a necessity in the next 100 years, this is your book. If you are looking for a book that will give you a guide illustrating how one might build a vertical farm with practical, existing technology, this is definitely not your book. He is heavy on history and reasons for urban farming, which I'm all for, but he is light on any practical insights on how one might do such a thing. C-
this is a hugely fascinating and thought provoking topic, well written and narrated. but man would i kill for a whole lot more in depth discussion on possible designs of the facility itself and all the myriad impacts this could have on human society if widely adopted.
in short MORE! MORE! MORE!
well worth the credit.
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