Monday, November 9, 2009

The Floating Vertical Farm

Small ports, Grub Hubs, dot the city's seaboard, serving hospitals, schools and restaurants, receiving and distributing food day and night. Floating Farms run on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), which produces electricity and also turns seawater into fresh water, and underwater wind turbines that capture the power of tides (see: Verdant Power.) River Gyms act also as shipping vessels, bringing workers to the Vertical Farm, and delivering food to the dozens of Grub Hubs (also the name of a great website). Subways and Eco-vans further distribute the food, running fully on clean energy. Everyone is healthier. Everyone is happier. It's one vision; do you like it?

Vincent Callebaut, whose Dragonfly farm design appears on the right-hand side of this blog, is thinking the right things by designing his Vertical Farm into the Hudson. The Vertical Farmer is convinced that morality demands of us that we not let injustice--global hunger and thirst are unjust--persist any longer. And we have to get creative with it. A floating Vertical Farm is exactly what people need to be pursuing. What's your Too-Good-To-Pass-Up?

The complacency must stop now, we must let the compass that guides towards fairness and integrity rise to its rightful place at the helm of civilization, unshackled of petty greed and fleeting power. We must think of ourselves as patrons for the coming ages and create out of the human spirit something fresh and useful, lest our species be left behind. Failure is acceptable, but indifference is not. A new Levi's ad steals lines from Walt Whitman, but those lines apply here:
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
Let's go.

(River Gyms image by Mitchell Joachim and Terreform 1)

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