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Farming on Water: Stackable, Sustainable, in the City

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's farm Issues page , and our Organic Transitions page . John Edel is turning a former meatpacking plant on the edge of Chicago's old Union Stockyards into an indoor farm. In the basement, microorganisms are eating tilapia waste, converting it into fertilizer for the lettuce, kale and wheatgrass growing in a shallow pool of water nearby. This process is called aquaponic farming. It minimizes water use while allowing year-round harvests, and it's just the beginning of Edel's vision for a futuristic, urban farm he has called "The Plant." "The idea is that nothing leaves the facility but food — period," said Edel, 41. Half of The Plant will be rented to startup food companies, including a commercial brewery. The heart of America's urban agriculture movement is Milwaukee, where Will Allen, a sharecropper's son and form...

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