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Urban farming has grown so much in New York City it’s produced an offshoot — one that needs buildings, rather than soil, to grow food. But is high-tech, high-rise farming in keeping with the values of traditional urban farmers who like dirt? Is it sustainable, and can it produce food that people can afford?
Farming in New York City has kicked into high gear. After clearing a maze of building and regulatory hurdles, startup Gotham Greens opened a hydroponic greenhouse that is expected to produce 100 tons of vegetables and herbs annually for sale to local retailers and restaurants.
The 15,000-square-foot facility on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will produce crops year-round. Arugula, bok choy, basil, Swiss chard, and three varieties of lettuce — green leaf, red leaf and butterhead — will be available for sale starting June.
“Controlled environment agriculture is practiced on a commercial scale in many parts of the world.” said Gotham Greens co-founder Viraj Puri on CNN. “What we’re trying to do is bring that into an urban environment.”
As more and more people move to cities, and world population explodes, many experts see urban hydroponic greenhouses as the future of agricultural production. In this vision of the future, crops will increasingly be grown in indoor greenhouses or “farms,” where they do not need soil to grow. All they’ll need is right mix of minerals and nutrients. (more…)