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Matthew Ceder

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GREEN TECHNOLOGY + HYDROPONIC FARMING: We can do it right now! Let's go! Pro Hydro!

Save on land space for future generations & feed them by investing in hydroponic farming to grow vegetables & fruit in more quantity & quality. All around healthy produce for the future. This would more than double the rate of food production reducing world hunger by more than 25%. I imagine something like a tower to house the hydroponic farm equipped with solar panels, wind mills and a rain water reservoir on the roof for independent power to help insure the produce are forever growing. Every floor would be treated as a hydroponic crop. That is a lot of growing.

I want these buildings to be just like the ones that are all windows on all sides. Windows that allow sunlight in the tower on every crop and like the ones described by Justin Hall-Tipping. The ceilings on every floor would be tiled with large mirrors with grow lights embedded in the ceiling installed right above and or near every row or unit of growing produce. The floor would require reflective metal tiles. This combination would maximize the gain of real and artificial sunlight on the crops.

Farmers are sure to adopt this new technique as the industry grows and would either sell their lands to move near the cities or use their property for these towers or similar farming structures. We will have a influx of farmland buying & selling. Selling older nonessential land for the population to settle into in the near future. Creating new suburban neighborhoods in rural areas reducing farmland expansion and harsh winters that halt crop harvesting by creating a way to grow all the time with out using too much land. Expanding space for the population. Giving city and rural areas a chance to grow economically in a time the world needs it most.

In time there will be many entrepreneurs & farmers taking advantage of this goldmine around the world with the potential of being the first global gold rush since fossil fuel's! City and rural areas will expand and the world economy will get a appreciatingly welcome boost.

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  • Nov 13 2011: Yes I am here, thanks.

    Speak again on how farmland is valuable. Remember, we are in North America, farmland is cheap here. Drive across the prairies here in Alberta and you'll see how much abundance we have.

    The building is energy intensive by how much energy it is going to take to build a tower like that. Contemplate not only the construction of the tower, but also the energy required to make advanced materials like nanotechnology. Large microscopes that look at particles take a lot of energy, especially since they don't have a way to easily replicate and build carbon nanotubes. Vapor deposition take a while.

    And still on my argument, that free energy you speak of is nowhere near enough to power something of this magnitude. Fundamental laws of physics and heat transfer. The building radiates energy and will at an impressive rate when exposed to cold air outside. There's a lot more to that.

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