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.
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.
A vertical farm in Singapore.
A worker at a vertical farm in Singapore.
CNN reports on a vertical farm in Singapore.
Columbia Prof. Dickson Despommier explains vertical farming in a TED talk.