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The Vertical Farm (Digital Audiobook)

Feeding the World in the 21st Century

By Dickson Despommier, Sean Runnette (Narrator)

Publication Date: October 11, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/25/2011)
Compact Disc (10/12/2010)
MP3 CD (10/12/2010)


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 farming 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. With stunning illustrations and clear and entertaining writing, this book will appeal to anyone concerned about America's future.

About the Author

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines, an avant-garde theater company. Sean's television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials, for which he apologizes.