Fish: the Future of Urban Farming

Cityscape Farms has developed a new technique for farming fish along with vegetables in combined urban food systems that allows them to farm in developed areas.

80% of Americans live in suburban or urban areas, and yet most of their food comes from rural areas thousands of miles away. Experts suggest that growing food locally may be an important solution to problems ranging from climate change to community building, but farming is tough in urban areas. Cityscape Farms is testing one method: aquaponic greenhouses, which grow fish and vegetables together in combined urban food systems.

Mike Yohay, CEO and founder of Cityscape, says, "Our [model] is a completely site independent methodology-we aren't reliant on soil testing and the perfect parcel of land; we don't even need land. The soil in cities is often times ill-suited for agriculture because of heavy metals; we mitigate these dangers by avoiding the use of soil all together. The fact is the world is running out of quality water and soil."

Thanks to Rebecca Sanborn Stone

Full Story: Making Urban Farming Scalable with Fish

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