Amid questions about conventional farming methods, many look to do more with less, like farming vertically, using soilless growing methods, and shrinking large-scale farming operations.

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The Unconventional Farms of the Future

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  • JennyLS

    Love this tiny documentary….such an important issue, and a huge question for all of our "connected" world. Do we go macro or micro, or both?

  • Toby mcconnell

    The idea that a third of the worlds top soils are exhausted is false. The University of Oxford has just rebuked this.

  • ratelslangen

    A few hippies making tiny amounts of sellable food with lots of labour is not a solution to feed the billions of people living in cities making modern society possible. Greenhouses and hydroponics and vertical farming are a solution, allowing you to grow masses of food in places with water scarcity, poor soil quality etc.

    Just imagine these technologies in desert states, where solar energy would be abundant. Place a field of solar in the desert and build hydroponics next to it. Energy would be no issue and water and resource use would be minimal. Then compare this to small open air subsistence farmers who on average use 50 times more water for the same amount of food as hydroponics. This subsistence idea is only possible in countries where farming conditions are and will stay ideal, it is not viable for most places impacted by climate change.

  • DogeCoin Moon Trips

    Requires a ton of electricity… yeah, so that's another issue if you get a Texas style blackout is that the crops for that year all die and you all starve to death, not really a solution we should rely on, anything that uses electricity is not something you should not depend on to survive tbh and all of it generates it's own pollution and we're already not generating enough power as it is to support all the systems we already have that depend on it and solar energy is far less efficient than fossil or nuclear so in the future our prospects of energy generation are lower output than we currently have, so bad idea overall.

    Instead try to design the buildings so that you have sunlight tunnels perhaps to direct the sunlight so that it reaches the lower levels, hydroponics is a great idea yes and has been around for ages, but industralizing it with electricity and creating that dependence is a really really bad idea that can cause huge catastrophes going forward

  • sandeep5116

    Scientist doesn't seems to learn from tradition and heritage. Humans were growing food using conventional methods for thousands of years. Then scientist invented pesticides and synthetic fertilizers claiming this is the future. And we ruined soil in just 100 years. Going natural and conventional is the way. Of course techniques like hydroponic or aquaponics should also promoted but not cutting ecosystem and doing it in closed environment. Not viable on large scale.

  • paladro

    5:00 anti-modernism? hmmm… idk, i would use techniques that make the most sense by region, certainly growing in a city isn't off grid, so you would need and depend on the technical solutions to overcome the lack of what nature provides for free. balance is the key, long term.

  • Frustrations of Humanity

    Nope food needs to be grown naturally outside or at least in the ground for it to be spiritually and bodily harmonious with living beings. There is enough land, these ideas are from Agenda 2030

  • Mic Sierra

    Mayor a land. Not Mary Land. I'll save you getting laughed at if you're in the States. I wish someone would have told me how to pronounce Cairns when I went to Australia. Cans not care-ns. I received some stupid looks until I figured it out. Maryland. Mayor a land my guy.

  • Eternal Journeys

    Worldwide, 80% of farmland is used for livestock, but it produces only 18% of food calories and 37% of protein.
    Also 58% of GHG, and 57% of water pollution. Source: J.Poore and T.Nemecek – Science

    The anser is: more plant foods

  • Small Backyard Big Garden

    Very cool video. We started growing our own produce about 8 years ago. Best decision and investment ever! Nothing like homegrown organic produce a few feet away from the kitchen.

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