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Vertical farming

Vertical FarmMark and I will be doing a lot of family stuff in the next few days, so we probably won't be posting much (or at all) until the weekend.   Postings will probably be a bit sparse until the weekend when we're home again.  So I'll leave you with some food for thought.

I've been reading about vertical farms --- skyscrapers full of hydroponic gardens in the midst of the city.  Their proponents promise that vertical farms will end world hunger, allow traditional farms to be turned back into forest, and will finally put an end to shipping food thousands of miles.

While the pictures are pretty and the idea is intriguing, I have to admit that I'm not a fan of hydroponics of any sort since I wonder if they're able to supply micronutrients and produce truly nourishing food. 

But most of all, I'm turned off by the vertical farm website's explanation that vertical farms will be mandatory within 50 years to feed our vastly expanded population.  Is more food really the solution to the human overpopulation problem?  Wouldn't a better solution be better access to birth control and people making a conscious decision to have fewer (or no) kids?

On that inflammatory note --- Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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