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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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    Oct 24 2011: I'm not entirely sure where you get your numbers from, double food production? reduce hunger 25%?

    You state it would "save on land space" then say "cities will expand"
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    It's not that easy, the plants still need light. I don't know how feasible a food tower is without artificial light. The cost of the solar and wind power would likely exceed the cost of the tower itself.

    I'm not saying it is impossible, just saying it's not that simple.
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      Oct 25 2011: They have lights that feed sunlight through fiber-optic cables to indoors, this is a perfect application for that technology.
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        Oct 26 2011: Hey Dain;

        This is a cool idea.

        How does it work?

        Can you tell me more about this technology?
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        Nov 18 2011: Awesome, thank you for the link.

        This really would be a perfect application for it.

        Thank you for sharing an excellent idea! :)
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      Oct 25 2011: Well I'm not implying those figures would come from a tower over night, in time there would be more towers. That is where the estimates come from. They are approximate and based on the notion that there are 3 of these towers in every city in the world.

      I have experience growing tomatoes indoors hydroponically with proper grow lights. The tomatoes came out beautiful and larger than any tomato I have ever seen. The same can be done for any plant life really. We could even grow spices and herbs. 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. So we will have a influx of farmland selling and buying. Possibly selling some nonessential older land for the population to settle into in the near future. Creating new suburban neighborhoods in rural areas and expanding space for the population. Reducing farmland space for population expansion. It is kind of like trading spaces but not. Some farmers are sure to stay and that's good for the future populace.

      As far as power for the tower goes, I am pretty sure people owning such a tower would have to get the panels from the local power company. When their power gain exceeds more than what they use, it goes into the local power grid. At the end of every month the owner of the farm will get paid by the local power company for their power, that's if they exceed their own limits and give energy to the city. They could even rig a rain reservoir on the roof to collect water to help reduce the facilities use on the local supply. These farms would want both wind and solar power to ensure consistent energy. The reservoir can be rigged for this also, thus adding water energy to the mix. In my opinion a green friendly hydroponic farm or food tower like described would be very effective & essential for our future society.

      Sorry I wasn't clear at first, I'm new here. Thank you for your questions.

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