Navigation Links
Vertical farming advocate to be featured at upcoming free lecture at NJIT
Date:9/10/2009

A farm on the 40th floor? That's a distinct possibility, according to Dickson D. Despommier, an advocate of vertical farming. Despommier, who is a professor of environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, has long been interested in the environment and the ecology of infectious disease transmission.

Despommier will discuss vertical farms, the agriculture for the 21st century, on Sept. 30, 2009 at NJIT. The public is invited to attend the free event, from 3 4:30 p.m., in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, located at Central Ave. and Summit St., Newark.

Despommier's interest in this area has led to his engagement in a project to produce food crops in tall, specially constructed urban buildings (www.verticalfarm.com). Using hydroponic and aeroponic technologies, no fertilizers of any type would be necessary.

As Despommier wrote in a New York Times op-ed on August 24, 2009, climate change and population growth could make farming as people know it today untenable in another half century. While a reliable food supply has benefited most of the civilized world, traditional farming has also damaged natural ecozones and created new health hazards. Infectious diseases occur with devastating regularity at the tropical and sub-tropical agricultural interface.

Exposure to toxic levels of some agrochemicals is another associated health risk. Further, with the world's population expected to rise to at least 8.6 billion over the next 50 years, the farmland available will not produce adequate food using current technologies.

Vertical urban farms could help to repair many of the world's damaged ecosystems and moderate global climate change. Social benefits include fostering a sustainable urban environment that encourages good health, new employment opportunities, fewer abandoned lots and buildings, cleaner air, and an abundant supply of safe drinking water.

The talk is the first one of the year sponsored by the NJIT Technology and Society Forum, an annual lecture series.

On Nov. 4, 2009, Martin Hoffert, professor emeritus and former chair of the department of applied science at New York University will discuss solar electricity from orbit.


'/>"/>

Contact: Rosalyn Roberts
rosalyn.roberts@njit.edu
973-596-3433
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. New tools for sustainable farming
2. Nanofarming technology harvest biofuel oils without harming algae
3. Research project to boost European fish farming
4. Strategic farming practices could help mitigate global warming
5. Ocean fish farming harms wild fish, study says
6. Carnegie Mellon developing automated systems to enable precision farming of apples, oranges
7. Farming and chemical warfare: A day in the life of an ant?
8. Report -- adapting farming to climate change
9. Finding the real potential of no-till farming for sequestering carbon
10. Pharmaceutical use in Norwegian fish farming in 2001-2007
11. Open access advocate Philip E. Bourne to receive 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/5/2017)... YORK , April 5, 2017 Today ... is announcing that the server component of the HYPR ... known for providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million ... makers including manufacturers of connected home product suites and ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017 The research team of The Hong ... fingerprint identification by adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and ... speed and accuracy for use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, ... ... A research team led ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... The Controller General of Immigration from Maldives Mr. Mohamed Anwar ... the prestigious international IAIR Award for the most innovative high security ePassport ... ... Maldives Immigration Controller General, Mr. ... on the right) have received the IAIR award for the "Most innovative ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... ... Biologist Dawn Maslar MS has found a biomarker that she claims verifies ... The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love, Maslar found ... step, in my estimation, was to scientifically track the evidence of commitment in men,” ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... National executive ... leader with extensive assay development and biomarker expertise, as VP of Scientific Affairs ... CRO specializing in bio-analytical assay development and sample testing services. The organization acts ...
(Date:6/19/2017)... ... June 19, 2017 , ... As Vice President, Product ... including training, implementation, support, and client process and SOP development. , Mr. Guinter ... held leadership roles for service providers and top-tier pharmaceuticals, and as an independent ...
(Date:6/19/2017)... ... , ... A colony of healthy honey bees is like a superorganism--individual bees ... nectar containing nutrients necessary for growth and survival. Better nutrition gives the colony a ... to a decline in honey bee health. Sick and weakened bees diminish the colony's ...
Breaking Biology Technology: