While doing the previous post I saw more articles, in search at the New Yorker, and stumbled on this article that tweaked my interest – What a “vertical” farm and in Wyoming (Jackson, of course, where the rich are).
While I’m all for “local” food, even though it’s yet another fad, the real problem is that not everyone lives in a climate that cooperates with producing more “local” (with the implication of not being conventional agriculture). So it’s interesting that a not very cooperative climate in Jackson Wyoming would produce this artificial (must be bad, therefore, to the local food freaks) environment for growing fresh food for local consumption.
While this is a cool idea I wonder how practical it really is (with all those rich in Jackson, no problem at the cost for them). Sure the sunlight is free and gets effectively used with this high-tech approach, but this has to be resource and labor intensive (while obviously the food can be fresher, is it really cost/energy efficient compared to shipment from a long distance). But it’s worth a try and maybe like many things, more and more of this technology could lead to cost reductions and potentially this is a practical answer (assuming there is water as well) as we destroy the world with climate change.
Anyway, take a look at something new.