Plant trees, live longer

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After controlling for income, education, and age, scientists showed that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. “To get an equivalent increase with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars—or make people seven years younger,” says University of Chicago Psychology Professor Marc Berman.

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Another study says that for people suffering from conditions like diabetes or heart disease, an extra eleven trees per block corresponds to an income boost of twenty thousand dollars, or being almost one and a half years younger.

All of this is from a recent piece in The New Yorker. The New Yorker isn’t usually for me. The comics are just ok and more often than not, what they want to come across as “slice of life” is really just an excuse for poor journalism that doesn’t adequately portray both sides of the story. But that’s fine, and it really doesn’t matter.

What’s cool about this is that it runs through a host of research results with insight from the scientists behind them about the biophilic benefits of trees. The bottom line? The more we incorporate nature into our lives cities, the better we’ll do.

Vertical farmers should keep this in mind. Vertical farming can be much more than a warehouse space churning out bibb lettuce. It can be beautiful and it can be a statement about the sustainable future we see for ourselves.

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