Day: August 18, 2019

France: the gardeners go to the roof


The world’s largest roof farm will open soon in Paris. 14,000 square meters vegetable garden on a roof! Agriculture is different too!


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Large roof farms are not new.
The advantage: no long transport routes and old, forgotten vegetables, which can be stored only for a limited time, find their way back to the table.
Urban gardens and community gardens are a worldwide phenomenon. More and more people are coming together to shape their environment together and grow organic food.

After French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume announced that France will stop using glyphosate and also encourage organic fruit and vegetables, Paris will open the world’s largest rooftop farm with around 14,000 square meters.

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So far, the largest 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and giant greenhouse is on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side. Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year. “Urban farming” is the name of the trend that began in New York.
Although smaller farms have been built on rooftops in other locations in Paris, this project is the largest in the world.

Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume recommends organic and biodynamic agriculture and urges producers to return to the farming practices used by their grandparents, which have been forgotten. With success, because in France, 3,000 producers of fruit and vegetables have joined in one year, avoiding pesticides using nets, different agronomic techniques and crop rotation.

The plants are grown in the air like on a traditional farm, but in vertical watchtowers similar to those used in indoor farms like Plenty, a robotic farm in Silicon Valley. On the sides of the towers sprout plants that allow to grow more food in a small space. The system is aeroponic, ie no soil is used, and the plants are fed with a nutrient-filled mist that meets biologic standards and uses little water.


When asked how one wants to feed people in a large metropolis, without the food having a long journey behind it, New York had an answer: “Urban Farming”, while city dwellers simply plant their own vegetables. In the metropolis, however, there is hardly any room for it – that is why the gardeners usually go to the roof.

New York’s Brooklyn Grange is a seasonal, commercial rooftop farm that sells its crop through neighborhood supermarkets and weekly markets.
Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange was the world’s largest single-roof urban farm project, covering more than 6,000 square meters. Replaced in 2016 with a new 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and a giant greenhouse on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side.
Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year.

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Vertical agriculture – fields and pastures should no longer extend to the horizon, but into the air: floor above floor, in the middle of the city. The hope is a revolution in agriculture and an answer to the question of how we feed humanity. More than seven billion people inhabit the earth today, and in the year 2050 it will be over nine billion, according to United Nations estimates. 70 percent of them will live in cities.

Can we produce enough food for everyone on the planet? A question many scientists around the world ask themselves. In Singapore, “Skygreen” provides an example of how this is possible, not just technically, but also economically.
Increasing food safety through this food production, also due to the impact of global climate change, is 10 times more productive per square meter than conventional agriculture, according to the Skygreen video.

The Singapore Vertical-Farms that herald an Agricultural Revolution –
Take a look, it’s worth it.

My comment: I would like to try the salad from the Roof Gardens, but if we want to talk seriously about global hunger and solving this problem, it certainly is not a suitable solution for world food.

The cause of misery on this planet, hunger, massacre, climatic catastrophe, destruction of the forest and the oceans is primarily due to the uncontrolled, inexorable proliferation of human species.
And more and more children are being made, who in future will have a large share of blame for the climate catastrophe and the rise of animal misery.
Because also the man of the future needs his food, his wood, his plastic, his house, his car … the more people the more climate and animal misery, that’s how easy it is.

To put a child into the world today has less to do with love than with cruelty.
Therefore, such projects do not really help. What really can help us is rethinking about overpopulation around the world.


My best regards to all, Venus