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vertical farming

vertical farming image from New Medical Terms

vertical farming, hypothetical


The as-yet theoretical use of stacked vertical spaces-e.g., those found in tall buildings–to grow food. 

Pros Increased crops yields by controlling the environment, eliminating floods, droughts; eliminate use of pesticides and other chemicals; land conservation and return land to natural state and halt mass extinction of species; reduced spoilage of crops as they are adjacent to consumers, reduced transportation costs; increased access to healthy food–reducing obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers; energy–e.g., methane, production by normal agricultural waste products

Cons High cost of building dedicated spaces; relative lack of sunlight would require supplementary light; greater energy consumption; need for supplemental CO2 to enhance plant growth


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