On the Up and Up
Today, 800 billion hectares of land (the size of Brazil) is needed for the agricultural uses that feed us – both for human consumption and for animal feed. In the next 50 years, the world population is expected to increase by 50%. Do we have another Brazil lying around?
And what’s more, should we continue to produce the food that contributes to our collective poor health (obesity, diabetes, etc.) and takes increasing amounts of fuel to truck it from the fields to the urban centers?
Could we grow healthy produce closer to our population centers? Could we add hectares within our cities? What kinds of issues could vertical urban farming address? What questions arise?
This past summer, at the Pioneers of Change Arts Festival on Governors Island, a Dutch consortium led by uber-crunk MVRDV showed some startling realities. Check them out on YouTube here: