Gallery: Plantlab Makes the Coveted Vertical Urban Farm a Reality

Vertical urban farms have become a popular topic for farmers and architects alike as they promise a way to feed a growing population sustainability. From fanciful sky-bound superscrapers that will never be built to huge rooftop gardens that have limited room to spread out, urban food production has some hurdles to mount. A Dutch based group called PlantLab just may have hit the sweet spot by packing productive plant production into a small foot print that can be done just about anywhere. They replaced the sun with LEDs and grow plants in completely controlled environments that increase productivity by precisely tuning the light, water, and soil to each plant’s needs. They claim they can feed a small city out of a space smaller than the average house in the US.

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  1. James A1 May 4, 2013 at 6:12 am

    The dutch would not risk embarrassing themselves with claims they didn\\\’t think were achievable, not with their horticultural reputation. It makes perfect sense, food production that is not weather dependent, 0 food miles, organic and totally sustainable, now we can give the fields back to nature and re-plant the forests all over the world. The cities of the future will be quiet clean places, electric vehicle\\\’s, vertical farms, and more green space as well as clean fresh air to breath – all thanks to three major industries – electric motors, Architecture & landscape Architecture and Horticulture, what amazing work to be apart of :)

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