[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]
So, what’s up? Closed loop agricultural technology, that’s what’s up, in the form of The Vertical Farm. For areas with lots of people, it conserves water and provides food with no land requirement. This could lead to more jobs. But Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, says the biggest social benefit is that “everybody eats healthy food!” Colbert asks, “How do you grow [crops] without dirt?” Hydroponics, of course.
In Sweden, they, too, have a plan. I mean a plantagon: an urban greenhouse for eco-gardening. Plantagon’s catch phrase asks, “Why should a tomato fly?” In a video from Swedish TV, chairman of the Plantagon corporate board, Chief Oren Lyons, says that farmers are always fighting the changing weather patterns (hang in there non-Swedish speakers, some of the video is in English).
Speaking of moving pictures, Sting and his manager and producing partner, Kathryn Schenker, have “acquired the film rights to the book, The Vertical Farm”to create a “feature-length documentary.” Yes, I said Sting. I suppose they’ll be walking in the fields of gold, uh, green.