Gallery: Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First ...

It may not look like much on the outside, but over the next few years a former food factory in Chicago is going to be turned into a lean, mean, food growing machine. Located in an industrial area in southeast Chicago, The Plant was once the home of Peer Foods - but it's set to become the city's first vertical farm. The transformation is already underway and over the next few years, the factory will become a zero-energy, food business incubator, research facility, education space, and working urban farm. Plant Chicago is already growing greens and mushrooms and will soon start brewing beer and kombucha and raising tilapia in a sustainable system with zero waste.

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  1. Artemis Lais August 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I support the entire project except for the raising of tilapia which is simply another form of factory farming, stressed animals living in artificial conditions whose lives end brutally. The vertical farm is a great model for the future; however, if that future still involves the sacrifice of sentient beings, then we’re not there yet. Please consider, 1), and 2)

  2. next starfish May 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I find the idea of vertical farms, in in this case more correctly an in-building farm fascinating.

    It will be very interesting to see what sort of food to inputs ration they can maintain over the long term

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