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Growing plants and fish in a Chicago meat packing plant…

June 12, 2012

(CNN) — An old meatpacking plant on Chicago’s South Side is being transformed into an eco farm, which its founders says will produce food sustainably, while creating zero waste.

American entrepreneur John Edel is the founder of “The Plant,” a vertical-farm initiative that he hopes will show people the ease of adapting to green food production in urban living environments.

A vertical farm is an urban agriculture concept whereby food is grown in and on top of buildings in city areas. In order for this process to work, urban farmers use a variety of techniques, including hydroponics — cultivating plants in water — and aquaponics, which uses by-products from fish farming to assist hydroponic growth

With the world’s population surpassing seven billion people and the rapid pace of urbanization, finding space to grow food is becoming an increasing challenge — one that Edel and his team of volunteers at The Plant are rising to.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2012 10:08:30 pm

    Excellent idea and aquaponics is right up there with our “must do’s” in the future

    • June 16, 2012 10:08:05 pm

      Yes, I’m just getting interested in it. Exploring different approaches. It definitely makes sense for urban or domestic applications.

  2. JustRox permalink
    June 17, 2012 10:08:27 pm

    Reblogged this on HomesteadHacker.

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