Monday, November 19, 2007

Vertical farming?

The things one sees on the news in the morning.

I can't believe this asshole is allowed to walk around and spout this kind of crap without first proving about a dozen of his points about current farming practices. What's he smoking?

I'm kinda doubting that Mr. Despommier has ever spent ONE minute farming anything, for even ONE day of his life. Professor of what? In New York effing City, at Columbia University? Are they teaching Ag these days in NYC? WTF?

Another leftist elite, trying to sucker the powers that be into some ponzi scheme and paranoia about how unsafe our current food supply is and how much better off we'll all be if we just do it his way. He's proposing solutions for problems that we just DON'T HAVE! Moron.

It may be a novel idea, to a degree, but really, this guy doesn't understand what he's talking about, for the reasons he's proposing, at all.

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Blogger BobG said...

He doesn't seem to realize that there is a difference between gardening and farming. Small scale gardening is a good thing; a lot of stuff is grown out of season in greenhouses, and a lot of people have spice gardens and such indoors. Large-scale farming however, is a totally different thing entirely. Just harvesting, for instance; with vertical growing, all harvesting has to be done manually.
If it was so easy and smart to do on a large scale basis, I'm sure someone would be doing it by now.

12:52 PM  
Blogger NotClauswitz said...

He doesn't understand the difference because he's an academic living in an ivory tower which is vertical and world that the rest of us should mirror (and venerate).

3:06 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

Considering the average life-cycle of a new building these days, it wouldn't make much economic sense either. We couldn't get the use out of the building (amortize the initial costs) before maintenance and obsolescence forced a replacement unit to be built.

As it stands, the idea might prove a novelty for the big-city dwellers, but large scale stuff just won't work, as the infrastructure for transportation is still, and will continue to be, a big problem.

In Germany, on the outskirts of the big cities, there are areas set aside for the urbanites to garden. These tracts are huge, and handle thousands of people who rent or lease (some may even own them, for all I know) these plots that range in size from your living room to maybe and acre or two. Most of these plots have these little elaborate garden sheds that these folks use for weekenders away from the city. Most people sleep in these places and have TV and all other sorts of modern appliances in them, all for just weekends so they can attend to their greens. Weird, but true, so I suppose there may be a market for something like this.

One of the things that really pissed me off about the video was Despommier's insistance that there is somehow a growth cycle that only occurs in the summer months. The guy has no clue. There are several crops that will do just fine when planted in the fall and can grow all winter, to be harvested in the spring. Hard Red Wheat is but ONE that I know of, and it's a staple in the food supply for the entire planet, since we give huge supplies of it away to other countries every year.

The list goes on and on, but there is really no need, when the blowhard couldn't support his own positions, just make assumptions and spout them as facts.

3:57 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Yup, this is the seed of a power grab. He starts off by talking all the benefits of this unrealistic idea, i.e., it'll fix teenage obesity. He didn't claim it would cure the common cold, but he may as well have. More horseshit. It gets boring, dunnit?

10:06 AM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

phlegmy, my dear, you've hit the nail squarely upon the head.

Unsubstantiated claims, outlandish ones at that, are a sure sign of the totalitarian wanting to get hold of the reins, just so he can make it so.

Pitty the fools who buy into this crap, and be prepared to, how shall I put this, launch appropriate countermeasures, should the weasels actually try to implement this, or similar, tactics, and most definitely by these "reasons".

It should make one sick to look at that tripe, but some, hell most, are probably believers.

11:42 AM  

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