The Vertical Farm

  • by Dickson Despommier
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. Despommier's stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including:


Allowing year-round crop production
Providing food to areas currently lacking arable land
Immunity to weather-related crop failure
Reuse of water collected by dehumidification of the indoor environment
New employment opportunities
No use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides
Drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels
No crop loss due to shipping or storage
No agricultural runoff
And many more!

Vertical farms can be located on abandoned city properties, creating new urban revenue streams. They will employ lots of skilled and unskilled labor. They can be run on wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. They can be used to grow plants for pharmaceutical purposes or for converting gray water back into drinking water.
In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, this is a totally original landmark work destined to become a classic.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent Brainstorming - Not reality

I absolutely love the dream of this book. My excitement while listening was at 5 stars, but... Unfortunately after study, the book is based on wishes as well as present technology. It is a mix with enough functional technology blended with wishful thinking, to have confused me, initially. I started to 'buy the whole package'..... Fortunately, my Ag background raised resistance to things like, where all the light 'power' might come from, it is a major problem for indoor growers. Then, I looked into his proposition of plasma gasification. That seems to be a dead end for the moment. Plasma gasification plants have been tried in the US, and should be again, but none are working, and the plants have closed. Most plants in other countries (one reported in Germany took US$500 million down with it) have also given up.... For now, I feel like I have listened to a techno version of a Dan Brown novel - believable, but functionally fiction. I wish it were true, maybe this is an image of things to come....
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- Amazon Customer "consumerist"

A much needed concept

A lot of background and history, but I like that kind of stuff. The author finally gets to the main subject and treats it well. The four stars are mainly for the great concept.
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- K. Andersen "Bibliophile"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio