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The Future of Food Part 1: Urban Farming Unwrapped!

Want to learn more about urban agriculture and be involved in the movement in NYC? You simply must come to the first of a series exploring the future of food in NYC on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Wix Lounge 235 West 23rd Street | 8th floor.

You’ve heard the buzz about urban farming. You’ve seen hashtagged photos of beautiful cityscapes behind beds of greens. But what’s the deal? Can you really grow enough food in cities to feed its residents? What are the different type of farms - from backyard gardens to rooftops to indoor hydroponics - that are being created in NYC? What opportunities and challenges are arising as urban farming continues to grow as a movement, locally and globally?


Join Be Social Change and Foodstand at Wix Lounge for our first panel in the Future of Food series as we explore how innovations within urban farming are increasing access to locally grown food, having a positive impact on the environment, and influencing the global food systems at large! Hear from leaders in the urban farming movement discuss new and innovative methods of urban farming and learn how you can you get involved!


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Agritecture’s founder Henry Gordon-Smith will be moderating and would love to take your questions for the diverse panelists at this exciting event.


We had the pleasure of visiting Selovita Farms in Ft. Myers, Florida today. Beyond their exciting commercial aquaponics work, they have also developed small-scale aquaponics systems that they are using at local schools. The systems in the images above are on “summer vacation” and being taken care of the staff of farm staff until school gets back into full swing. One cool company:

They happen to be hiring! Check out the jobs here


ETFE Film and Glass on the Same Greenhouse?

Glass has been placed on the 2SaveEnergy greenhouse. This greenhouse will be built on the Innovative Demo Centre on territory of Wageningen UR Greenhouse in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. Afterwards, in about two weeks, EFTE film will be placed underneath the glass. EFTE is a strong material and it will last more than 20 years. Project manager Frank Kempers from the Wageningen UR Greenhouse discusses the choices for EFTE film in combination with glass, for which an achievability research has been conducted previously. 

The combination of EFTE film with glass has several advantages compared to using two layers of EFTE film or two layers of glass. Firstly, it is less expensive than using two layers of glass. Secondly, the Netherlands is considered as a “glass country”. Therefore it is expected that the Dutch growers will not be interested in foil greenhouses. Thirdly, glass transmits a smaller amount of infrared then EFTE. Therefore, the greenhouse will cool down less quickly at night, which is an advantage. However, due to the coatings on the glass, the same amount of sunlight (and therefore warmth) as the EFTE will be transmitted. Finally, dirt may prevent the transmission of sunlight, but this is not a problem for EFTE it repels dirt.

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This is absolutely incredible and intuitive engineering. I would love to see a system like this integrated with aquaponics features (with fish, etc.), and not just hydroponics, because traditional hydroponic crops rely too heavily on synthetic chemical fertilisers and often fall short on providing specific nutrients (like carotenoids) and trace micronutrients in comparison to organically-produced, soil-grown crops.


Blogger Evan Bromfield Questions the Sustainability of Vertical Farms

Evan Bromfield is a research assistant at the Centre For Food Safety in Washington D.C. and a vertical farming enthusiast and blogger. Read this recent article from his blog that considers what most don’t consider when thinking about vertical farming. 

Designers love to praise vertical farms’ sustainability and combating climate change is a huge part of that, but there’s a lot more nuance than most other articles go into.

Sustainability is not just a measure of how much water your system recycles or how many solar panels it uses, and these resources are not the only things that affect climate change.

Not only that, but also there isn’t just one type of vertical farm: there are farmscrapers, farms that float, rooftop gardens, converted warehouses, and tricked-out greenhouses just to name a few.

The kicker? Each model is going to have entirely different measures of sustainability, especially when it comes to a carbon footprint.

Let’s take the obvious example.  The original farmscraper envisioned by Dickson Despommier, whose name everyone should know, is a 30-story building bearing a tremendous amounts of water and carbon-rich plant weight.  What is such a structure’s carbon footprint?

Looking at one emblematic skyscraper (1 Penn Plaza for the purposes of this exercise), we can calculate the estimated square footage of such a farmscraper.*  Once we have an estimated square footage, we can use a carbon footprint calculator to see where it falls. In New York City, the carbon footprint of one of Despommier’s vertical farms is 63,360 metric tons of CO2 just in construction.**  This means that for every floor built, 2,112 tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere.  To put that into perspective, the average American produced 19.8 tonnes from 1980-2006 (much higher than the average Chinese citizen who only produced 4.6 tonnes).

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