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London's underground farm produces 2 tons of food a month

London's underground farm produces 2 tons of food a month

(3:31) Growing Underground is an underground organic farm 33m below the busy streets of Clapham in London. It was founded in 2012 by Richard Ballard and Steven Dring. growing-underground.com

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Guest: thisnamewasfree (916 days ago)

A person eats, maybe, 1'000 kg food per year. London has almost 9 million people. So wer are talking about 9'000'000 tons of food. So the grow 24 tons of food a year. That is, hold on, 0.00027 percent of the needed food.

Please, funny idea for the occasional salad, but don't make people believe in such a fairytale. "Cityfarming" or whatever you may call it, will never be of importance.

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A person eats, maybe, 1'000 kg food per year. London has almost 9 million people. So wer are talking about 9'000'000 tons of food. So the grow 24 tons of food a year. That is, hold on, 0.00027 percent of the needed food.

Please, funny idea for the occasional salad, but don't make people believe in such a fairytale. "Cityfarming" or whatever you may call it, will never be of importance.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (916 days ago)
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I disagree. "Indoor" farming is the future because it has to be. As the climate gets more crazy every year, the only way to grow food reliably is in a controlled environment.

I take your point that this city farm is tiny for London's needs. If I was London Dictator, I would ditch the requirement for affordable homes in luxury developments, and replace it with an indoor farm. Every new high-rise development would be required to provide a 1st floor designed for, and dedicated to indoor farming. The council would run the farm, paying a rent to the developer, and selling fresh fruit & veg to local businesses.

To make up for the lost "affordable" homes, I would sell off council homes, but require that the money from the sale is used to build an equivalent within a 5 mile radius. The price of the council home would not be related to the market, but to the cost of building an equivalent. It would be an affordable way for poorer people to get on the housing ladder. The more people who buy their council home, the more new homes are built.

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I disagree. "Indoor" farming is the future because it has to be. As the climate gets more crazy every year, the only way to grow food reliably is in a controlled environment.

I take your point that this city farm is tiny for London's needs. If I was London Dictator, I would ditch the requirement for affordable homes in luxury developments, and replace it with an indoor farm. Every new high-rise development would be required to provide a 1st floor designed for, and dedicated to indoor farming. The council would run the farm, paying a rent to the developer, and selling fresh fruit & veg to local businesses.

To make up for the lost "affordable" homes, I would sell off council homes, but require that the money from the sale is used to build an equivalent within a 5 mile radius. The price of the council home would not be related to the market, but to the cost of building an equivalent. It would be an affordable way for poorer people to get on the housing ladder. The more people who buy their council home, the more new homes are built.

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