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Citizen Science Program presents

City Farms for City Dwellers

Presented by Dickson Despommier

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

[City Farms for City Dwellers]
Urban agriculture is on the increase throughout the world. Urban farms are of several kinds: soil-based outdoor, soil-based indoor, single and multiple floor (vertical farms) indoor hydroponic and aeroponic farms. Aquaculture is also becoming popular. There are many vertical farms up and running in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, USA, and Canada. Most of them grow leafy greens for sale to restaurants and high end supermarkets, such as Whole Foods. Eventually, the concept of vertical farming will aid in bringing relief to disadvantaged populations (refugees, victims of wars and natural disasters). One consequence of farming in cities is that farmland can then be abandoned and allowed to return to its original ecological setting. This might help slow down climate change.

Dr. Despommier is an Emeritus Professor with appointments in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health Department of Microbiology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University.

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater