05 Sep '12, 8am

Can a Swedish skyscraper greenhouse solve the world's food crisis?

Can a Swedish skyscraper greenhouse solve the world's food crisis?

If the world is to feed over nine billion people by the middle of the century, solutions are going to have to present themselves pretty quickly. By some estimates, 80 per cent of the Earth's arable land has already been claimed for agriculture, while WWF estimates we will need two Earths by mid-century if consumption levels remain as they are and climate change continues to eat away at farmland. FURTHER READING US and EU must change biofuel targets to avert food crisis, says Nestlé chief Survey: Clean tech confidence defies economic gloom But Plantagon , a Swedish social enterprise, thinks it may have come up with an answer to part of the conundrum: towering greenhouses in urban areas whose tightly controlled climate can produce thousands of tonnes of food a year. Enough, said Anders Modig, the company's global sustainability director, to feed up to 30,000 people. Plantago...

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