Cool Jobs: Meet the people with the coolest jobs in the world. Medical ecologist Dickson Despommier describes the Vertical Farm Project, a movement to promote urban renewal while producing a sustainable food supply. The project is a result of his years studying the microbial worm trichinella, the creativity of his ecology students, and the contributions of strangers from around the world.
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In the emerging field of medical ecology, Dickson Despommier is a trailblazer, devising solutions to problems in agriculture and public health that likely will be magnified by climate change. A microbiologist, he is a Professor of Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School, where he developed the idea of growing food in urban farm skyscrapers.
Original Program Date: June 12, 2009
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