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Farm in the City, Jobs in the City

Could vertical farms in cities solve the youth unemployment crisis? A return to local agriculture could be the answer.

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Vertical farms — think of office buildings with plants instead of cubicles — offer the opportunity for us to grow our food using land, water and energy more efficiently. But vertical farms also represent another opportunity — the chance to move remote rural farming jobs from the countryside into densely populated cities that house plenty of peope in need of work. In that way, the implementaion of vertical farms around the world isn't just a win for our environment (and a win for those of us who prefer the taste of freshly picked fruits and vegetables), but it's also a win for urban employment. Vertical farms can bring green jobs to the city. 

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Photo of Aaryaman Singhal

Check out something going on in my hometown of Austin, TX. It's not a vertical farm but it is urban and highly efficient. http://tenacreorganics.com/

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Thank you Aaryaman! Urban gardening in general can be a big factor in revitalizing neighborhoods, and it's great to see good examples of that in Austin and elsewhere. The promise of vertical farming is that it can take the benefits of urban gardening and scale them up exponentially.

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Aaryaman, city farming is indeed an innovative idea that can be adapted anywhere in the world. I am thinking of how the idea may be used for schools to inspire young people to know that agriculture can be a source of income and a "descent job"
Thank you for sharing

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Photo of Shane Zhao

David, great share in highlighting vertical farms! The architect and urban designer in me loves the potential of rethinking the environment to address this challenge. In addition to vertical farms in cities, I wonder what other opportunities can be created with the design of new spaces. For example, what if we reversed this idea to bring more urban amenities to rural areas? To echo Rehmah's comment, how can new developments create sustainable opportunities for employment and living in more remote areas?

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Rehmah -- thanks for your comment. Indeed, it would be great if schools around the world included agriculture in both their curricula as well as their infrastructure!

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Shane — thank you for your comment as well. All around the world populations are moving toward cities and away from the more remote areas. Do you anticipate a reverse in the trend? Or do you investments in remote development as a rural balm for the flight to urbanity?