The economics of vertical farming in downtown locations in cities

An article in the Wall Street Journal (October 15,2012) describes vertical farming – growing crops in greenhouses in cities – close to customers. A twelve floor vertical farm in Sweden is the largest such effort – claimed to save transport costs, enable land to be returned to the ecosystem and that will reduce greenhouse gases. But others claim that the energy used to grow these crops outstrips the saved fuel costs from transportation. How should the benefits of vertical farming close to customers be calculated to include all costs ? Should the govenment support for insurance, fertilizer etc be counted as part of the savings from vertical farming if it is independent of weather impact ?

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One Response to The economics of vertical farming in downtown locations in cities

  1. Carey Markoff says:

    hrough the ages man has been in cultivation. The Early man lived on cultivating the land around him. Most people had huge lands under cultivation. As the years passed, different kinds of building came around. People started to build houses in one area and various kinds of businesses came into existence. In this process people started to cut down trees. Due to this fact we know in many countries the agricultural output has also decreased. For who people who still cultivate agriculture, the land for cultivation has significantly decreased. Not only this with the increase in population, people need more places to stay. ‘

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