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—Grow food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
—Protect crops from unpredictable and harmful weather
—Re-use water collected from the indoor environment
—Provide jobs for residents
—Eliminate use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides
—Drastically reduce dependence on fossil fuels
—Prevent crop loss due to shipping or storage
—Stop agricultural runoffVertical farms can be built in abandoned buildings and on deserted lots, transforming our cities into urban landscapes which will provide fresh food grown and harvested just around the corner. They could put a safe, efficient, and dependable food source in every town. Possibly the most important aspect of vertical farms is that they can built by nations with little or no arable land, transforming nations which are currently unable to farm into top food producers.
Despommier shows why traditional agriculture is no longer viable and explains how vertical farms could supply the growing demand for nourishment on this planet—and change the way communities all over the world operate, from the ground up.