Meanwhile in New York City, we are dumping dirt in a park to lead school kids down a garden path to nowhere.
Instead of science and technology we have leaders like our parks commissioner and others who preach a curriculum of "get your hands dirty" as if this was some holy endeavor.
New York has the means to be a leader in urban food production. Instead, we have a highly vocal but relatively small mob of farmer wannabees trying to make the Big Apple into a fantasy farm.
This is simply the wrong place and the wrong time.
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands April 11, 2011, 09:05 am ET
Farming is moving indoors, where the sun never shines, where rainfall is irrelevant and where the climate is always right.
The perfect crop field could be inside a windowless building with meticulously controlled light, temperature, humidity, air quality and nutrition. It could be in a New York high-rise, a Siberian bunker, or a sprawling complex in the Saudi desert.
Advocates say this, or something like it, may be an answer to the world's food problems.
"In order to keep a planet that's worth living on, we have to change our methods," says Gertjan Meeuws, of PlantLab, a private research company.
The world already is having trouble feeding itself. Half the people on Earth live in cities, and nearly half of those — about 3 billion — are hungry or malnourished. Food prices, currently soaring, are buffeted by droughts, floods and the cost of energy required to plant, fertilize, harvest and transport it. Read more...