Vertical farming is cultivating plant or animal life within skyscrapers or on vertically inclined surfaces. The idea of a vertical farm has existed at least since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The modern idea of vertical farming uses techniques similar to glass houses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting.
... For every acre that is used for vertical farming and/or in vitro meat manufacturing, anywhere between 10 acres (4.0 ha) to 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land may be converted from conventional agriculture usage back ... Vertical farms (in addition to in vitro meat facilities) could exploit methane digesters to generate a small portion of its own electrical needs ... This is in contrast to cattle farming which is "responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases" causing more damage to the environment than the combined effects of the world's transportation system ...
... With vertical farms requiring much greater energy per kilogram of produce, mainly through increased lighting, than regular greenhouses, the amount of pollution ... contributes to the higher yields expected in vertical farming ... This means a vertical farm will require a CO2 source, most likely from combustion, even if the rest of the farm is powered by 'green' energy ...
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