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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dickson Despommier Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400188291
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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. Download and start listening now!


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  • “A provocative introduction to a pragmatic approach to growing safe, nutritious, local food.”

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  • Narrator Sean Runnette inflects his soft voice in response to the meandering message.... He demonstrates a skillful sensitivity to the information, much of it sobering. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/5/2011

    " So far interesting but I fear a worthy idea that is expensive and hard to implement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 3/16/2011

    " Great concept. I hope someone funds it and we realize vertical farms in the next decade. I think it would be a great boost to our economy.


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 3/12/2011

    " I'm very taken by this idea, however, Despommier appears to be more a speaker than a writer - I'd give him five stars for his appearance on the Diane Rehm Show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/7/2011

    " Interesting overview of the idea. One or two really outstanding facts, but in general the writing could be tighter. It's still worth reading, but it's more like reading an extended Wired article than a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/18/2011

    " Very exciting ideas which are logically presnted."uncontrolled growth is the philosophy of the cancer cell"....this book proposes a cure for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 12/26/2010

    " Very cool idea. I hope it works out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/16/2010

    " Gotta be good, blurb from Sting :9 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 6/25/2010

    " Great concept. Starts out a bit broad but delivers a good overview of why vertical farming could be so successful. "

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About the Author

Dr. Dickson Despommier spent thirty-eight years as a professor of microbiology and public health in environmental health sciences at Columbia University, where he has won the Best Teacher Award six times and received the national 2003 American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for teaching. His work on vertical farms has been featured on such top national media as BBC, French National Television, CNN, The Colbert Report, and The Tonight Show, as well as in the New York Times, Time, Scientific American, and the Washington Post. He has been invited by the governments of China, India, Mexico, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, and Korea to work on environmental problems. He is one of the visionaries featured at the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. Dickson lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.