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Public Works Verticle Farming Would Be Publica Magnificentia

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posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 02:06 PM

Capitalism has gone mad when people are making money from 'speculative bubbles' on food prices. Making money from starving people is not only insane, it is also uncivilized. The Romans provided grain for their people. By providing food for the people,the Romans offered their citizens security. Providing basic food would have also put downward pressure on food prices.

It is predicted that by the year 2050, 80% of the earths population will live in urban areas. Our population will increase by at least 3 billion people by the year 2050. We will need about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil to feed us all. We already use over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops. We need to be more efficient.

Vertical Farming is the obvious way forward. I see Vertical Farms as being a logical thing for governments to invest in. Verticle Farms would be perfect Public Works projects. State owned Verticle farms would be an asset to the public. Western Governments try very hard to waste taxpayer money on pretend solutions like giving money to corporations like Solyndra and Carbon Tax. Western Governments take our money and give it to capitalists that want to exploit us. Our Crony Capitalist governments are exploiting us. Western governments are selling off our Public Utilities, our Public Services and our State Assets. The public hardly owns a park or a road these days. If we dont own anything, we have less power as citizens when we vote. We are also beholden to billionaires and their tolls and fees.

Verticle farms could offer alot but if they are owned by Bill Gates or Monsanto or something they will just be another capitalist business designed to fleece us for as much as possible. The State must own the Verticle Farms. A socialist government that was working for the people would raise standard of living and protect its people by putting a focus on issues like food security. Capitalism is the problem. Commodity speculation is wrong. Profit from basic need is wrong. Verticle Farms are one thing that could protect the people.

They say that the Hoover Dam will run for a long time without people
. We can design Public Works projects that will benifit society,raise our standard of living and lower the cost of living. Western Society is lucky to have access to have so much to draw from. We should all be embarrassed and ashamed that we have such a focus on 'consumer confidence'. We should be ashamed that basic needs are big business. Pfizer and Monsanto are well positioned to face the future. We are not.

There are some awesome designs. Verticle Farming could beautify a city amongst many other things.

The first nation to embrace Verticle Farming would be a tourist attraction. Verticle Farming could increase tourtsm and it would increase employment. Verticle Farming would ensure that we have a secure food supply and they would keep food prices down. We could build them as Public Works projects. They could be a real asset to all of us. Verticle Farms have so many benifits.

Year-round crop production; 1 indoor acre is equivalent to 4-6 outdoor acres or more, depending upon the crop (e.g., strawberries: 1 indoor acre = 30 outdoor acres)

No weather-related crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests

All VF food is grown organically: no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers

VF virtually eliminates agricultural runoff by recycling black water

VF returns farmland to nature, restoring ecosystem functions and services

VF greatly reduces the incidence of many infectious diseases that are acquired at the agricultural interface

VF converts black and gray water into potable water by collecting the water of evapotranspiration

VF adds energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible parts of plants and animals

VF dramatically reduces fossil fuel use (no tractors, plows, shipping.)

VF converts abandoned urban properties into food production centers

VF creates sustainable environments for urban centers

VF creates new employment opportunities

We cannot go to the moon, Mars, or beyond without first learning to farm indoors on earth

VF may prove to be useful for integrating into refugee camps

VF offers the promise of measurable economic improvement for tropical and subtropical LDCs. If this should prove to be the case, then VF may be a catalyst in helping to reduce or even reverse the population growth of LDCs as they adopt urban agriculture as a strategy for sustainable food production.

VF could reduce the incidence of armed conflict over natural resources, such as water

and land for agriculture

I was reading about how Cuba suvived economic collapse due to the fall of the USSR. Cuba got through the trouble by utilizing 'organoicos'. Cubas organoponicos helped keep the people fed when their economy was destroyed. Nations in the west have alot more at their disposal than Cuba. We should also be leading by example. Instead of being efficient and productive, the advanced nations are wasteful and extravagant. The 'advanced' nations are putting a strain on the world when we should be leading the way. It should be unthinkable for an advanced society like ours to have to contemplate food shortages. State owned VF

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posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 05:00 PM
I can see this is an issue near and dear to your heart G. Great thread, and even better idea. Imho people need to be around growing things, not just for food but for education and rootedness, I know it is not a word. I hope this future you and others have envisioned comes to pass. Feeding ourselves from farm or growing operations near where we live makes sense on so many levels no pun intended.

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 05:32 PM
reply to post by Germanicus

Here's what we did and a lot of the research on industrial close confinement/vertical agricultural. I ain't throwing a lot of pretty pictures up, because it really doesn't matter what the building looks like or the artist's dream, it matters what you can do and how it's implemented. Nice pics though....


Cheers - Dave

posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 07:41 PM
Those do look very cool...I'm not clear on how growing food in an urban hi-rise is better than growing it on a farm outside the city. I get the dislike of monsanto, etc; but assuming all that was said about capitalist farming is true, wouldn't it be simpler to just use the socialist method on a "regular" farm than to build these? I'm not knocking the idea, but I don't understand the benefit of the vertical farm vs a regular farm in this context.


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