in which a whole neighborhood is far removed from grocery stores that sell
healthy food, are a big issue in communities here and around the world. Due to
the lack of fresh food, people eat fast food or pre-packaged goods that are
inexpensive but high in fat, calories and sugar, and could lead to obesity,
diabetes and heart disease.
However, sky-high farms are sprouting up around the world in places were where traditional agriculture would have been impossible. In places such as perpetually wintry Jackson, Wyoming, forward-thinking planners are developing a three-story hydroponic greenhouse called The Vertical Harvest that can produce more than 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes a year. This means eating a nutritious and sustainable meal could be easy as looking up.
Not only can vertical farms defy any weather, they also adapt to disaster and can even help save lives, such as Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas that’s growing tobacco-like plants in vertical farms to make new drugs and vaccines.