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vertical farming

coordinator and senior scientist at
The Land Institute where he focuses
on sorghum, a genus of plants in the
grass family. He previously worked as
a wheat geneticist and specializes in
plant breeding.
Today, Cox says the movement has
evolved sensibly and into what he
would call indoor gardening of leafy
greens. "The reason that it focuses on
greens is that to produce leaf material requires less sunlight energy, or in
this case artificial light energy," he explains. "The plant is about 90 percent
water and the rest of the plant, which
does require energy of sunlight, can
be done under relatively dim light.
Growing fleshy fruits like tomatoes,
potatoes and especially grains like
wheat or corn require so much more
light energy that it wouldn't be feasible to grow indoors."
However, Cox also likened indoor
farming to the factory farming of animals, which people have said is "the
industrialization of food production
that's not necessary." "Indoor growing of food is replacing the function
that agriculture does best," he says.
"When you go indoors, it's humans
that have to supply the light. It puzzles me that if people and groups very
clearly see the problem with the industrializing meat production, why
don't they have a problem with industrializing food production? This is
even more intense industrialization."
"You can't decide the facts are different because they don't fit your beliefs," Griffin says in regards to Cox's
statements. "Imagine you saw a 747
and a pseudo scientist stood up and

>> Vertical farming is not meant to replace traditional farming, rather it is a supplement to the supply.

said that can't happen. He has now
reached a point of being irrational
with false equivalency that is flat out
absurd. I can respond to a scientist,
but how do I respond to a guy who
says it can't happen and equating
what I'm doing to the mistreatment
of animals?"

Achieving New Heights
"As technology improves, we will
all benefit from it," Griffin says. "I'm
crazy enough to try this to get to the
next phase. I'm doing the first carbon-neutral, 100 percent power- and
water-free solar farm."

Metropolis Farms' technology is
patented because Griffin does not
want anyone abusing the technology
and producing sub-standard food or
creating GMOs. If the technology can
produce leafy greens in less than half
the time, there's always someone who
wants to do it faster, but they will end
up creating a GMO using Griffin's system. "What we are trying to do is create not just the food, but a new food
culture in cities," he adds. "We want
a part of every city to be working in
the green collar industry and creating
jobs where the money goes back into
the city. That's the whole point."

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