Vertical and Urban Farming Address Diabetes, Alzheimer, and Pollution

A vertical farm in Japan can produce a daily harvest of approximately 10,000 heads of lettuce.

Vertical Farm in Japan

Outside of Chicago, Green Sense Farms leases a 30,000-square foot warehouse to bring affordable, fresh food all-year-round for customers in the Midwest. They make more efficient use of land, water and energy to grow food free of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives and GMO seeds. On top, they create dramatically fewer emissions caused by the transportation of food.
Green Sense Farms

Carl Wenz and Robert Colangelo of Green Sense Farms

Green Sense Stats

At the northern outskirts of Milwaukee, stand 14 greenhouses on two acres of land. This is Growing Power, the only land within the Milwaukee city limits zoned as farmland. Founded by MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow Will Allen, Growing Power is an active farm producing tons of food each year, a food distribution hub, and a training center. Will Allen is the author of The Good Food Revolution.
Will Allen of Growing Powing

Will Allen of Growing Powing

Caliber Biotherapeutics has built a 150,000-square-foot “plant factory” in Texas that grows 2.2 million plants, stacked up 50 feet high to make new drugs and vaccines.
Caliber Biotherapeutics

Caliber Biotherapeutics

Aerofarms is currently building in Newark, NJ, what will be the largest leafy green producing vertical farm in the world, growing 1.7 million lbs. of baby leafy greens on an annual basis. AeroFarms grows without pesticides, using 95% less water, and in a totally controlled environment. It is able to grow over 230 different baby leafy greens, herbs and micro greens.


Dickson D. Despommier, an emeritus professor of microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University and author of The Vertical Farm, has developed his concept of vertical farming over a 10 year period with graduate students at Columbia.
Dickerson Despommier

Dr. Dickerson Despommier

According to Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution:

The history of agriculture in the United States is largely a history of racial exploitation. From the slavery that formed the rural economy of the South to the mistreatment of migrant farm workers that continues to this day, our food has too often been made possible by someone else’s suffering. And that someone else tends not to be white….

The great tragedy for many African Americans…is that in losing touch with the land and with traditions handed down for generations, they also lost an important set of skills: how to grow and prepare healthy food….

It’s no coincidence that the epidemic of diet-related illnesses now sweeping the country—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes—are harming blacks the most….

America’s current agricultural system was hardly created by free market forces. Between 1995 and 2010, American farmers received about $262 billion in federal subsidies. And the wealthiest 10 percent of farmers received 74 percent of those subsidies. Almost two-thirds of American farmers didn’t receive any subsidies at all….

One in two African Americans born in the year 2000 is expected to develop type II diabetes. Four out of every ten African American men and women over the age of twenty have high blood pressure….

The farmer became less important than the food scientist, the distributor, the marketer, and the corporation. In 1974, farmers took home 32 cents of every dollar spent on food in the United States. Today, they get only 16 cents.

Farm subsidies

In addition to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes, being related to poor diets, we can add Alzheimer’s disease. The Mayo Clinic has  stated that “diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are connected in ways that aren’t completely understood.”
According to the CDC as reported by BloombergBusiness, “more than half of all Hispanics and non-Hispanic black women born from 2000 to 2011 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.” Yet…
You can reverse diabetes with diet
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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

Diabetes Cost


According to Dickson Despommier’s The Vertical Farm:

Vertical farming promises to eliminate external natural forces as confounding elements in the production of food. Much of what we plant never gets a chance to grow to maturity due to adverse weather events driven by rapid climate changes that are, in turn, linked to an ever-increasing rate of CO2 emissions. Today, the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) estimated that over 50 percent of all crops planted in the United States never reach the plate of the consumer. Droughts, floods, spoilage, and plant disease account for most of the losses….

Some 70 percent of all available freshwater on earth is used for irrigation, and the resulting unused portion is returned to countless rivers and streams….

Agriculture runoff is responsible for more ecosystem disruption than any other single kind of pollution. Most of the world’s estuaries have been so adversely affected by runoff that they no longer function as nurseries for the ocean’s marine fish, crustacea, and mollusks. That is why the United States must import more than 80 percent of its seafood from abroad….

The Department of Energy secretary, Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu, flatly stated three weeks after he took office in 2009 that the entire agricultural sector of California would become obsolete in less than fifty years due to lack of a source of noncontaminated fresh water: “I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen. We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California…..”

Steven Chu

According to Wire magazine:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California…says that his SoCal district, which serves 19 million people (that’s one out of every two Californians), has stored water reserves that will last three years with prudent conservation.

Urban areas get only 20 percent of the state’s water supplies; agriculture guzzles the other 80 percent. Last year, lack of water forced farmers to abandon 400,000 acres of cropland, and they’ll leave over a million acres unplanted this year. Some farmers in California have already had their water supply curtailed or completely cut off. If you like vegetables and fruit, this is a big deal. In 2013 the state exported $21 billion worth of agriculture. It produces nearly half the produce and nuts consumed in the US.

California drought


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