Wolfgang Grulke Impact on China?

By the way, this development could have massive benefits and threats for China. Right now China's farming output is very low - they don't produce enough to feed themselves. As tastes get more sophisticated this will put more stress on the infrastructure.

Right now, the average Chinese farm is just 1,2 acres in size - European and USA farms are thousands of times bigger - and more than 800 million people in China are still dependent on farming.

Imagine if high-rise farming takes off, and Chinese farms consolidate. This could put hundreds of millions of people out of work. Will the Chinese government permit this level of unemployment and possible social reaction?

For India this could prove to be a massive new industry! Farming is still highly regulated around specific geographies for specific crops. Imagine the impact of deregulated high-rise farming in India.
Posted: 16 October 2007 at 00:00

Anton Musgrave RE: Impact on China?

Presumably this is also not limited to the usual agriculturally rich areas given that all irrigation, heat etc will be artificially created and delivered? If so, it also has implications for other traditionally poor agric areas?
Posted: 16 October 2007 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke Another interesting article...

From Farm to Market, Down the Stairs, Around the Block -
Award-winning Mithun design brings agricultural and sustainable self-sufficiency to the city
Posted: 11 December 2007 at 18:19

Doug Vining Growing Power: Urban Aquaponics, Vermiculture

See this site for videos on for videos on aquaponics, vermiculture and urban greenhouse growing:
Posted: 26 May 2008 at 22:19

Doug Vining Skyscraper Greenhouses

Skyscraper Greenhouses to Sprout in Crowded Cities: Expert - Vertical greenhouses that grow organic fruit and vegetables smack in the middle of crowded cities where land is scarce may soon be a reality, a Swedish company developing the project said.
Posted: 7 June 2009 at 20:07

Doug Vining Rooftop farming booms in New York

According to this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, the scenario for rooftop farmimg that supplies restaurants and supermarkets downstairs is taking off in New York city.
Posted: 26 April 2010 at 11:06

Doug Vining Not a skyscraper, a city food forest

Here's an urban farming plan which reflects some of our thinking in this MindBullet from five years ago. Food farming doesn't need to be done in the countryside to work.

On the other hand, those imperfect 'organic' veggies grown on a real farm with natural fertilizer will probably command a significant premium, for those who can afford it.
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Posted: 5 March 2012 at 12:28

Neil Jacobsohn Biggest rooftop farm in the world

The future of agriculture and farming will be different from what we expect, just like virtually everything else. Take this for a start 0- the largest rooftop farm in the world. What a sensible idea. A little like the MindBullet we wrote all those years ago!
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Posted: 7 April 2012 at 12:34

Doug Vining Skyfarms for the win

Five years ago we published this MindBullet about urban farming - mainly indoor farming of fruit and vegetables for restaurants and supermarkets in the very same city blocks. Now it's happening on a corporate scale:

"BrightFarms announced a deal with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., or A&P, to provide New York City-grown vegetables to the local chain's supermarkets year-round. The goods will grow in what the company says will be the country's largest rooftop greenhouse farm, a high-tech hydroponic operation that will boost yields, allowing the company to face-off with organic vegetables trucked from California, cutting thousands of miles from the supply chain while aiming to provide a fresher product at a competitive price."
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Posted: 1 August 2012 at 12:52

Neil Jacobsohn Skyfarms for the win

And similar experiments are being run in Paris in France...to grow, of all things, bananas right in the City of Lights!
Posted: 8 August 2012 at 18:10

Doug Vining Green cities

Are cities going greener in the long run? Perhaps this is just a flash in the pan, as city dwellers long for a bit of the country.

Further into the future, we may well have urban farms of the type mentioned in this MindBullet. It would make a lot of business sense!
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Posted: 19 November 2012 at 08:49

Doug Vining Singapore's vertical vegetables

Here's another story about urban farming using vertical systems. It seems this MindBullet is becoming more prophetic than we originally thought.
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Posted: 22 November 2012 at 07:19

Doug Vining City farming in Chicago

The idea of large scale, urban and vertical farming seemed a little crazy in 2007 when we published this MindBullet.

Well, here's news of just that in Chicago. What's quite novel is the interesting way they fertilize the plants - with poop from "hormone-free tilapia" fish. This is aquaponics taken to its logical conclusion.

I wonder what they feed the fish?
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Posted: 27 March 2013 at 12:42

Doug Vining Food for the future

Cities have always been closely connected to resources and channels of communication and supply. Bigger cities are also usually more productive. But as cities get bigger and more numerous, supply of basic products like food can be critical.

In the future, will we see drones delivering fresh staples to city markets, or will we just grow the food where it's needed - indoors and on the roof?
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Posted: 18 June 2013 at 11:58

Doug Vining At home on the city farm

A while ago, seven years to be exact, we published this MindBullet about farms in city skyscrapers. Now it's an actual proposal for a retirement complex in Singapore. Could it work?
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Posted: 18 December 2014 at 10:13

Doug Vining Basement broccoli

More than seven years ago, we proposed a MindBullets scenario for solving the big problem of trucking fresh food into the big cities on a daily basis. Ever-increasing fuel and transport costs make this a good target for innovation. Even with the falling oil price, there are obvious benefits to growing food indoors or on roof-tops, even in artificially-lit basements. It's always organically fresh and available on the spot.

Now this idea is getting serious attention, in London. Soon there will be Bomb-shelter Salad on the menu!
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Posted: 13 February 2015 at 09:54

Doug Vining Turning a warehouse into a famhouse

Almost nine years ago we 'predicted' this development in vertical farming. Why import everything into cities when you can grow it fresh in the basement, using LEDs? And of course, high tech urban farming results in less waste and better upcycling, so it aids the environment, and the circular economy too! 'Farmhouse' now has a new meaning.
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Posted: 1 March 2016 at 14:21

Doug Vining Turning a warehouse into a famhouse

This quote from the article really made me think:
"AeroFarms' agricultural optimisation relies on algorithms that continually monitor nutrients and lighting at different points in the plants' growth cycles. By optimising light wavelengths and the nutrient-filled mist, operators can endow plants with different tastes, textures, colours and yield."

AI farming indoors. Wow!
Posted: 1 March 2016 at 14:29

Neil Jacobsohn Farming inside the box!

Time to think inside the box? It was back in 2007 that we raised the concept of indoor, urban farming as a possible future for food supplies. Now small container hydroponic farms are becoming a reality thanks to this Boston-based startup.
Think of some of the implications: food supplies right on our doorstep, minimising transport costs and C02 pollution. No pesticides. Minimal water required. In this connected, colliding world, small and distributed is beautiful!
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Posted: 20 March 2016 at 12:13
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