Vertical Farms: Bringing Agriculture to Cities

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By Dominique Bonte | 1Q 2020 | IN-5684


Urban Agriculture: A Key Component of Future Cities' Circular Economies


Self-sufficiency is a defining characteristic of urban circular economies, next to extreme forms of recycling and the repurposing of assets and consumables. While urban self-sufficiency is most often referred to in terms of energy and other utilities like clean water, food is a critical resource that cities typically almost entirely source from either the surrounding countryside or faraway countries. Farming land can occupy as little as 1% of a city’s land surface due to its inherent financial competitive disadvantage compared to other uses of the land. Access to locally generated food resources is an important missing piece, from both circular economy and resilience perspectives, with climate change-induced threats to traditional agriculture—in the form of endemic flooding, for example—globally becoming a real concern. In an increasingly global urban context, the issue of food stability and sustainability is a critical one. Moreover, local production allows for a reduction international transport, thereby reducing carbon emi…

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