by Brad Warbiany
Pie Vegetation In The Sky?
Seen on Colbert:
Sounds like a very cool concept… But his use of terms like what “the plan we would like to see implemented” worries me. I’m a much bigger fan of letting the market decide, not relying on some collective implementation of a plan* (i.e. government).
Providing all urban populations with a varied and plentiful harvest, tailored to the local cuisine eliminates food and water as resources that need to be won by conflict between competing populations. Starvation becomes a thing of the past, and the health of millions improves dramatically, largely due to proper nutrition and the lack of parasitic infections formerly acquired at the agricultural interface. Given the strength of resolve and insight at the political and social level, this concept has the potential to accomplish what has been viewed in the past as nearly impossible and highly impractical.
Will vertical farming walk my dog too? After all, they’re promising a whole lot of other ridiculous benefits along with it…
Oh, and this one really takes the cake:
It is further anticipated that large-scale urban agriculture will be more labor-intensive than is currently practiced on the traditional farm scene, since the deployment of large farm machinery will not be an option. Hence, employment opportunities abound at many levels.
And this is a good thing? Really, in a nation where we’re already importing agricultural workers, he’s saying that less efficiency in our agricultural sector is a good thing?
Maybe I should go to his house and break some windows; imagine how many more glaziers he’ll need to employ!
* Yes, I say that with full understanding of the fact that our government is already “planning” agriculture through subsidy and regulation far more heavily than they should be.