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The Future of Agriculture May Be Up

The Future of Agriculture May Be Up | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

Want to see where your food might come from in the future? Look up.

 

The seeds of an agricultural revolution are taking root in cities around the world—a movement that boosters say will change the way that urbanites get their produce and solve some of the world's biggest environmental problems along the way.

 

It's called vertical farming, and it's based on one simple principle: Instead of trucking food from farms into cities, grow it as close to home as possible—in urban greenhouses that stretch upward instead of sprawling outward.

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Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 12:00 AM

New forms of agriculture and a growing consumerism of local produce hindered by a lack of space have started a new movement towards vertical farming that allows urban areas to grow local produce close to consumer hubs.

Vertical farming could be considered Human/Environment Interaction as we bring the needed elements of an environment into our urban realms to capture the wants in our lives.

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Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds

Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it
In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably.
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Where Have All the Farms Gone? - Pew Environment Group

Where Have All the Farms Gone? - Pew Environment Group | The Barley Mow | Scoop.it

During the past 50 years, animal agriculture has gone through a seismic shift in the United States.  Family farms and red barns have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). In this system, cavernous warehouses crowded with thousands—even tens of thousands—of animals form the equivalent of an agricultural assembly line.


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