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  • Shortening the Food Chain: Agriculture in Urban Centers

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by the Green Science and Environmental Policy Discussion Group and the Environmental Sciences Section

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    Modern conventional agriculture is an intense user of many resources, including land for crop production, water for irrigation, fertilizers for productivity and fossil fuels for transportation from farm to consumer. Climate change is shifting growing regions and causing changes in precipitation patterns, with series effects on crop yields. To meet the needs of the growing population with the limited resources available, more sustainable methods of food production must be adopted.

    One possible solution is growing food in urban centers, where the highest concentration of population resides. At this meeting, Cynthia Rosenzweig will discuss adaptation and mitigation strategies for agriculture in the face of climate change. Dickson Despommier will present a vision of "Vertical Farms", skyscrapers growing food in urban centers. Ted Caplow will show examples of the successful urban farms he has designed.


    Climate Change and Urban Agriculture: Adaption and Mitigation
    Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

    Urban Agriculture: The Vertical Farm
    Dickson Despommier, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

    Building Integrated Agriculture
    Ted Caplow, BrightFarm Systems

    Panel Discussion