There is a vegetable farm, but not just any farm; it is a vertical farm. There is no tractor. There is no farmer in dusty overalls, no barn cat or even a barn. There is no sky, no field; only a warehouse with rack upon towering rack, each level boasting a bounty of growing vegetables lit by banks of LEDs. And it could prove a vital component in the future of sustainable food and food security on our warming world.
Perhaps you’re not so keen on vegetables grown in a place like a garden center crossed with “Tron.” So let’s clarify one thing: vertical farms are not organic. A more minutely human-engineered, human-controlled environment would be hard to imagine.
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