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Vertical Farm, The
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2012
This book is like reading a student dissertation where the writer is trying to demonstrate everything he knows about everything. Over half the book is devoted to describing the problems with modern agriculture and past catastrophes such as the dust bowl. All are relevant but the writing is very disjointed and doesn't flow well in the book. I'm not sure who wants a school-book description of photosynthesis in a book supposedly on the specialist topic of vertical farms.

The author proposes that we will be relying on food produced in sterile disinfected soil-less environments in multi-storey buildings where you need an id card to enter. All waste will be burnt to provide energy to run the LED lights that replace sunlight. All very academic since we can't even run hospitals like this at present so very unlikely especially in third world countries. Don't get me wrong, I bought this book because I believe that urban agriculture (and vertical farming) will play a key role in the future. My problem with this book is that it didn't provide any discussion on examples nor strategies to roll this out. The author totally ignores the "green wall" and green roof movement which is rapidly gaining popularity and could be used for future vertical farms. He also totally ignores the potential of perennials in future agriculture (and in vertical farming). There is no discussion on integrating food, water and renewable energy into new architecture which will be the main challenge to overcome. Therefore,overall this book is very disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Despommier is a well known US academic who has been writing about Vertical Farms for a while - this is his latest book. It is well written and illustrated and provides a great read for the informed layperson, student or teacher of geography, development, planning, environment, etc. The basic idea is that the world is running out of room to grow sufficent food, so his thesis is that we build multistorey farms in cities, and using a small urban footprint can grow food intensively and distribute it immediately to the urban markets. If this doesn't sound very eco-friendly, read the book and you can see how it can be... the best book I have read for ages....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2011
I got this book because I am studying the vertical farm for my thesis. The book is written in very understandable language and is easy to get through. The chapters offer a logical flow to the book, though if you are going to read the book cover to cover some concepts tend to get repetitive, although reiteration can be a useful tool to get important ideas across to the reader.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what farming might (or should) look like in the not too distant future. It is not just for college/university students, it's written for a much wider audience.
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on 16 March 2015
awesome book for anyone interested in environmental issues
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on 23 July 2015
nice book cheap price. read before sleep
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on 26 May 2015
brilliant, the way of the future
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2013
Contained in this book, is an idea that genuinely has the power to change the world for the better. That should be reason enough to recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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