Have you ever imagined a world where all our food produce is cultivated on ‘indoor’ farms, situated atop high rise buildings within an urban scope? The idea may certainly seem ludicrously bold to some. However, with the instigation of gradual loss of land and soil and the power hungry modes of conventional farming, the notion does have the potential to cater to our future needs. In this regard, the Vertical Farm has been conceptualized as a possible solution to food production, where the dictum of sustainability is maintained within a new and advanced economic eco system.
Envisaged as a part of an EPA funded research project, the ambitious endeavor was conceived by a team of students, faculty members and researchers from Clemson University. Their goal encompassed mainly two criteria; how the farming part can be carried out with modernistic, efficient yet low cost means, and, how this expansive ambit can be fitted within an improved economic scope with participation of the local populace.(Read more...)