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Vertical farming - viable agriculture or urban pipedream? - The Ecologist

Vertical farming - viable agriculture or urban pipedream? - The Ecologist

The diminished risk of weather and pest damage, along with consistent crops and multiple yields, make this method of agriculture a reliable and profitable investment. Agriculture as we know it is changing. Traditional, land-based methods have proven to be catastrophic when undertaken unsustainably. With world population rapidly increasing , agricultural practices must be adapted to meet the ecological challenges of food production. Agriculture occupies around 50% of the world's habitable land , consumes about 70% of the planet's accessible fresh water , and accounts for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC, 2007). These are the headline figures but land-based agricultural praxis also cause persistent damage to habitats, water systems, wildlife, and soil composition. The global land crisis By 2050, WWF predicts that "a further 120 million hectares of natural habitat...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/2463638/ve...

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