Imagine a world where every town has its own local food source, grown in the safest way possible, where no drop of water or particle of light is wasted, and where a simple elevator ride can transport you to nature's grocery store--imagine the world of the vertical farm.
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:
"A captivating argument that will intrigue general readers and give policymakers and investors much to ponder." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"A visionary known the world over, Despommier believes that the 'vertical farm is the keystone enterprise for establishing an urban-based ecosystem' and for 'restoring balance between our lives and the rest of nature." --"Booklist "(starred)
"Despommier has quickly become the central figure in what could be a worldwide revolution." -"Scientific American"
"Nobody has ever dreamed as big as Dr. Dickson Despommier." --"New York"" Magazine "
"Despommier's . . . ingenious idea . . . could ultimately ease the world's food, water, and energy crises." --"The Huffington Post""Dickson Despommier is a futurist, an architect, and an intellectual in the same vein as Leonardo da Vinci, I. M. Pei, and Buckminster Fuller. Vertical farms will be remembered as one of the preeminent breakthroughs of the early 21st century, and Despommier will be remembered as the man who brought them to us." --Josh Tickell, director of "Fuel", winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary
"This book makes the case that urban agriculture can go vertical as well as horizontal, putting all those expanses of pretty glass to some actual use!" --Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet"
"Cities of the future must generate their own food supply. Dickson Despommier's elegant, simple answer for achieving this goal is vertical farming. Welcome to the third green revolution."--Peter Diamandis, Chairman of the X Prize Foundation and Co-Founder of the Singularity University
|Remodeling Nature||p. 13|
|Yesterday's Agriculture||p. 35|
|Today's Agriculture||p. 73|
|Tomorrow's Agriculture||p. 105|
|The Vertical Farm: Advantages||p. 133|
|The Vertical Farm: Form and Function||p. 177|
|The Vertical Farm: Social Benefits||p. 213|
|The Vertical Farm: Alternate Uses||p. 231|
|Food Fast-forwarded||p. 249|
|Appendices Students Who Contributed to the Vertical Farm Project||p. 276|
|Suggested Reading||p. 279|
|Web Resources||p. 283|
|Additional Suggestions||p. 289|
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Number Of Pages: 305
Published: 12th October 2010
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.0 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.567
Edition Number: 1