ONE AT&T Center building Downtown St. Louis

Should City of St. Louis Consider Farming Inside Vacant Buildings?

AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey is the largest indoor vertical farm in North America. It is located in a former steel mill and uses 95% less water than a traditional farm.

Farming vegetables, fruits and marijuana inside vacant skyscrapers in St. Louis and other cities will now be considered since it is a sustainable way to produce food in urban areas. AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey is the largest indoor vertical farm in North America. It is located in a former steel mill and uses 95% less water than a traditional farm.

Here are some of the benefits of farming inside vacant skyscrapers:

  • It can help to address food insecurity in urban areas. Many people in cities do not have access to fresh, healthy food. Vertical farming can help to close this gap by providing fresh produce to local communities.
  • It can reduce the environmental impact of food production. Vertical farming uses less water and land than traditional farming methods. It can also help to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • It can create jobs and boost the economy. Vertical farming requires skilled workers to operate and maintain the farms. This can create jobs and boost the local economy.
  • It can beautify urban areas. Vertical farms can be used to greenify cities and make them more attractive places to live.
Pasona Urban Farm in Tokyo, Japan is located in a nine-story building. It grows edible plants using hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil.
Pasona Urban Farm in Tokyo, Japan is located in a nine-story building. It grows edible plants using hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil.

Of course, there are also some challenges to farming inside vacant skyscrapers. These include the high upfront costs of setting up the farms, the need for a reliable source of water, and the potential for pests and diseases. However, the benefits of vertical farming outweigh the challenges. As the technology continues to develop, I believe that vertical farming will become more widespread and play an increasingly important role in our food system.

I believe that farming inside vacant skyscrapers is a promising solution to the challenges of food production in urban areas. It is a sustainable, efficient, and scalable way to produce food. I hope that more vacant skyscrapers will be converted into farms in the future.