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Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions For more on vertical farming, check out this article from ChemMatters: http://bit.ly/verticalfarmingchem There’s a new trend in agriculture called vertical farming. As humans learned to farm, we arranged plants outside in horizontal fields, and invented irrigation and fertilizer to grow bumper crops. But with modern technology and farmers’ cleverness, we can now stack those fields vertically, just as we stacked housing to make apartment buildings. Moving plants indoors has many benefits: Plants are not at the mercy of weather, less wilderness is cleared for farmland, and it’s easier to control the runoff of fertilizer and pesticides. But the choice of lighting can make or break the cost of a vertical farm and affect how long it might take for urban agriculture to blossom. Find us on all these places: Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Facebook! http://facebook.com/ACSReactions Twitter! http://twitter.com/ACSReactions Tumblr! http://tumblr.com/ACSReactions Writer: Sam Lemonick Narrator/Scientific Consultant: Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D. Executive Producer: Adam Dylewski Video Producer: Sean Parsons Scientific consultants: Kyle Nackers Dickson Despommier, Ph.D. Alison Le Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsThis Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less WaterThis Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less WaterChina: Is this 10,000 square metre ROOFTOP farm the future of agriculture?THESIS 2013 RMUTT – INNOVATION VERTICAL FARMING FOR FUTURE IN BANGKOK (HD)This Minnesota Indoor Vertical Farm Grows Fresh Produce 365 Days a YearThe Future of Transportation in NJ (2005)

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  • Fiction Botz 5 months ago

    hey nice video

  • Dhruvik Nanavati 5 months ago

    but what about fruits/veggies that grow on tree? can we genetically engineer them, to grow them on plants?

  • Zale Tabakman 5 months ago

    EXCELLENT VIDEO!!!Shows all the core issues and advantages.I have been doing this for the last 4 years.We have a different vertical farming approach which uses a tower concept.www.localgrownsalads.com

  • Dank Nugs 5 months ago

    If sunlights a problem why not just make a hybrid greenhouse for indoor crops? That would easily supply the majority of plants until night comes. Marijuan-Tomato farmers will often expose seedlings / vegetative growth phase plants for 18 hours to ensure the fastest possible growth and there would be free energy for around 10-14 hours a day. (depending on the time of year)

  • phlogiston 5 months ago

    In the future we'll just have food facilities. You'll go there, press a button, and hamburger pops out.The bottom 25% of the population won't even know how that happens. They'll think it's magic and form a religion around it.

  • sickleclowns 5 months ago

    "Of course, some people say it would be vulnerable in a strong wind, but for goodness sake who's to say there's going to be a strong wind?!"

  • Seophao Ly 5 months ago

    On the topic of the future of food sources, how about cultured meat?

  • MessnMan 5 months ago

    A bonus video topic could be about Aquaponics. I would watch that.

  • Hushoo 5 months ago

    Wouldn't it be possible to have glass roofs and walls that allow daytime light onto the plants? That could cut energy costs by half depending on where you live.

  • Quintinohthree 5 months ago

    When it comes to the excess energy requirements, I wonder how much of that could be offset by placing the equivalent area of solar panels and by requiring less transportation. I could probably find myself a professor or two who'd be able to answer that to be honest.

  • Unicorn Workhorse 5 months ago

    These have been around for years, people need to start investing

  • John OBrien 5 months ago

    Please make more videos involving flora. Thanks!

  • Pedro Araujo 5 months ago

    Why not just going higher, and making kite-like baloon greenhouses?

  • Poop Fingers 5 months ago

    Did you guys recently get picked up by PBS or is it just something that I didn't notice until now?

  • Andrés Louis 5 months ago

    Really cool vid

  • foobargorch 5 months ago

    What?! The same old way?! Farming today is NOTHING like it was 100 years ago. Nutrients and minerals do NOT come from "dirt", they come from soil, active living soil, with interspecies cation exchange taking place as part of a regulated, tesselated system. That is, unless we decide to force feed them this stuff in salt solution after we've killed off the rhyzosphere.

    The temperate european approach of ploughoing and fertilizing to maintain a monocultureis a relatively recent invention, that has been exported around the world very unsuccessfully from an ecological perspective, and successfully enough from a business perspective (cf. slash and burn agriculture in the tropics, especially palm oil, and soy and corn for beef feedstock).

    This has been augmented with chemicals and mechanization, most notably the nitrogen based fertilizers based on the Haber Bosch process. This only looks good from the lens of an industrialist, or GDP measurements, from any biological or ecological point of view it's pretty obvious the approach is flawed and inefficient.

    Vertical farminmg does not address pests, the energy source, nutrient cycling, or really any other aspect, it's a pharmacy approach to food production, which has been demonstrated repeatedly through recent history to lack the resilience of polycultures.

    It might be the way to produce consistent foods, boutique things, it might even be efficient in an urban setting, but sunlight is free, and an active living soil can do much more for plants than we can hope to with industrial type interventions, at least for the foreseeable future. It might make economic and even ecologic sense in dense cities in light of transportation cost, but this will not supply the billions of city dwellers world with staple foods any time soon, and that goal is dubious at best.

    Furthermore we are nowhere near replacing the complexity of a living soil, and with the extremely low efficiency of photosynthesis (18% at best due to mainly due to limitations in carbon fixation, rubisco evolved in a CO2 rich environment), artificial lighting will always have a huge overhead involved with it, whereas using plants to capture sunlight has many benefits apart from that the energy is free.

  • TheTerminator1919 5 months ago

    I can totally see fancy restaurants building something like this in the heart of metropolitan areas to help them get fresher products. But expect the prices to go up for us.

  • Yan Tse 5 months ago

    It would be amazing if our cities were so futuristic that meat, while synthesized from vertical farming veggies, still tastes like meat that we love so much.

  • Edwin Luciano 5 months ago

    I have had very little success growing anything other than shade-loving houseplants outside of the ground. In my experience, food plants really like to be in the ground.

  • Dragon Skunk 5 months ago

    You put the solar panels on the farm land. uh? uh!