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Vertical Farming: Food for the future.

From: Matthew Fidler
Length: 28:00

Matt Fidler and Dr. Despommier of Columbia University in New York talk about his new concept of Vertical Farming. That is, growing our food in a sustainable way, indoors, in our Urban Centers.

Default-piece-image-1 Our current agricultural practices are unsustainable. And with the high price of oil for fertilizers and gasoline to transport the food, its becoming out of reach for pooring populations.  It barely feeds the current population.  And in 50 years, we'll have 3 billion more people to feed.  Dr. Despommier of Columbia University has a possible solution.  Vertical Farms.  Using exisiting sustainable energy and water technologies, Vertical Farms could grow food in mini self-sustaining ecosystems contained in high rise buildings.

Dr. Despommier and I discuss the technologies and politics neccesary to give these Vertical Farms rise, and he gives me a "virtual tour" on how one of these things might look like in a place like New York.

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Piece Description

Our current agricultural practices are unsustainable. And with the high price of oil for fertilizers and gasoline to transport the food, its becoming out of reach for pooring populations.  It barely feeds the current population.  And in 50 years, we'll have 3 billion more people to feed.  Dr. Despommier of Columbia University has a possible solution.  Vertical Farms.  Using exisiting sustainable energy and water technologies, Vertical Farms could grow food in mini self-sustaining ecosystems contained in high rise buildings.

Dr. Despommier and I discuss the technologies and politics neccesary to give these Vertical Farms rise, and he gives me a "virtual tour" on how one of these things might look like in a place like New York.

Timing and Cues

Open: Music fades in... 1 minute musical break starts at 12:50 with the cue of "stay with us". In cue after the break is "Welcome back". Ending music fades.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock Headhunters. Sony 1973 :00

Additional Credits

Laura Vitale - Recordist

Related Website

www.verticalfarm.com