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The Green Life: Vertical Farms Grow Up

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October 12, 2009

Vertical Farms Grow Up

Vertical farm With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, some eco-thinkers have been advocating the idea of  vertical farms. But those ideas have mostly stayed in the wouldn’t-it-be-cool stage of design. Now, England's Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is launching the world’s first working vertical farm to grow food for their animals.

VirtiCrop, the company developing the Paignton farm, says it will grow up to 11,200 plants on 100 square meters, 20 times as many plants as a standard farm can produce. It will also recycle water and use solar power to reduce resource consumption. All that might eventually add up to a more sustainable way to feed the world’s city dwellers. But we can’t imagine giving up on good old-fashioned organic soil for most of our food anytime soon.

--Kyle Boelte / photo courtesy VirtiCrop

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