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Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:24:46 AM »
Okay, this isn't necessarily an "off-the-grid" thing, but it does concern food production, so I thought it might belong here.

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Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground

AFP   By Mariette Le Roux and Claire Snegaroff
14 hours ago

Paris (AFP) - Imagine stepping out of your highrise apartment into a sunny, plant-lined corridor, biting into an apple grown in the orchard on the fourth floor as you bid "good morning" to the farmer off to milk his cows on the fifth.

You take the lift to your office, passing the rice paddy and one of the many gardens housed in the glass edifice that not only heats and cools itself, but also captures rainwater and recirculates domestic waste as plant food.

No, this is not the setting for a futuristic movie about humans colonising a new planet.

It is the design of Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut for a 132-floor "urban farm" -- the answer, he believes, to a healthier, happier future for the estimated six billion people who will live in cities by 2050.

With food, water and energy sources dwindling, the city of the future will have to be a self-sufficient "living organism", said the 36-year-old designer of avant-garde buildings some critics have dismissed as daft or a blight on the landscape.

I could easily see this in a densely-populated area, such as Hong Kong or Singapore.  It probably wouldn't work in, say, India or Brazil.

http://news.yahoo.com/food-sky-highrise-farming-idea-gains-ground-201448935.html;_ylt=AwrSyCX8c.VSEiYALVbQtDMD
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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 04:49:23 AM »
I grew herbs and strawberries on the windowsill of the 17th floor apartment I used to live in.  If I'd had a balcony I would have had more plants out there.  I currently have several trees and bushes in pots in my yard.  I'm a fan of people growing what they can in the space they have.  This is an interesting concept.

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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 08:23:38 AM »
I grew herbs and strawberries on the windowsill of the 17th floor apartment I used to live in.  If I'd had a balcony I would have had more plants out there.  I currently have several trees and bushes in pots in my yard.  I'm a fan of people growing what they can in the space they have.  This is an interesting concept.

Somewhere down the line I watched a  mini documentary on a family that obviously had some big bucks, who decided to make a self sustaining back yard.   Very interesting as one thing led to another.   

All started with their swimming pool.   Fish were raised there and their poop used as fertilizer and flesh as  protein.  I do believe they were also growing some kind of algae in clear plastic tubes to feed the fish and themselves.

These people had it down to a science, With only 1/4 acre of yard they had mostly container plants of vegetables that were buddy planted, one species would benefit another ETC.

Been a long time since I saw this, but it came down to some kind of rotation that started with the fish and ended up with chickens, ducks, and bummie rabbits.  They also had a milking goat also to make cheese, yogurt  and one has not lived until they taste Goat butter.     

Me, if these people were my parents I would after 3-4 years of this diet run away from home.

My concern is the Asian Carp in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, all that protein and to date few have any idea how to market it.    I take it the Carp do not have taste appeal to the American tongue, but there is a world of society's that may welcome it.  I wonder if their roe would become the next caviar. Got to find a use for these buggers before they wipe out our native fish.






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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 08:49:58 AM »


My concern is the Asian Carp in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, all that protein and to date few have any idea how to market it.    I take it the Carp do not have taste appeal to the American tongue, but there is a world of society's that may welcome it.  I wonder if their roe would become the next caviar. Got to find a use for these buggers before they wipe out our native fish.


Old southern recipe for carp.

You scale and dress the carp fresh from the water. Then you nail it to a fresh cut pine board. You then baste the fish with a sauce made up of equal parts of yellow mustard, Ketchup, brown sugar, honey, salt and pepper. You insert board/fish into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes...remove from oven, dismount the fish, throw it to the cats and eat the board.
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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 10:02:19 AM »
Old southern recipe for carp.

You scale and dress the carp fresh from the water. Then you nail it to a fresh cut pine board. You then baste the fish with a sauce made up of equal parts of yellow mustard, Ketchup, brown sugar, honey, salt and pepper. You insert board/fish into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes...remove from oven, dismount the fish, throw it to the cats and eat the board.

 :-) :-) :-)

Got to be a use for these suckers,  I have seen Documentaries of them at their worse and home raw film that is a wonder to behold.

Some of these best weigh in at 50 -60 + pounds.   The fly in the  air on their jump and often injure   people when they land in their boat.

All this potential food source for the use of humans, and the weekend fishermen are crying about the loss of the native fish  due to these big monsters.

Much like the Pythons in Florida, if one puts a price high enough on their head--- WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE , a bounty  as it were make it worth while to spend a weekend out hunting the buggers. $1,000 per snake over the size of 5 feet.  females get $250 extra. Under 5 feet, $500. with a $ 100.00 added on for the females .   

Back to the Carp, if these things get in to the big Lake Superior now what ?

Only reason we have a declining  population of some species has become humans finding a need for them for what ever.

So as a female were I 30 years younger, I would head for Asia and spread the word that Carp oil cured a mans impotence, only wild caught not farmed. Add in the best oil came from America wild caught Carp.

Before you know it the Asians will come over here with their big frozen food factory ships and with in a couple of years, clean out the problem for us.

   

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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 10:12:26 AM »
:-) :-) :-)

Got to be a use for these suckers,  I have seen Documentaries of them at their worse and home raw film that is a wonder to behold.

Some of these best weigh in at 50 -60 + pounds.   The fly in the  air on their jump and often injure   people when they land in their boat.

All this potential food source for the use of humans, and the weekend fishermen are crying about the loss of the native fish  due to these big monsters.

Much like the Pythons in Florida, if one puts a price high enough on their head--- WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE , a bounty  as it were make it worth while to spend a weekend out hunting the buggers. $1,000 per snake over the size of 5 feet.  females get $250 extra. Under 5 feet, $500. with a $ 100.00 added on for the females .   

Back to the Carp, if these things get in to the big Lake Superior now what ?

Only reason we have a declining  population of some species has become humans finding a need for them for what ever.

So as a female were I 30 years younger, I would head for Asia and spread the word that Carp oil cured a mans impotence, only wild caught not farmed. Add in the best oil came from America wild caught Carp.

Before you know it the Asians will come over here with their big frozen food factory ships and with in a couple of years, clean out the problem for us.

   

Can't they be used in pet food or as a fertilizer? 

 

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Re: Food in the sky? Highrise farming idea gains ground
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 04:23:27 PM »
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I grew herbs and strawberries on the windowsill



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