Are Hydroponic Vegetables as Nutritious as Those Grown in Soil?

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Are hydroponic vegetables as healthy as those grown in the soil? Someone asked the Times just that and they give a great answer, even citing opinions on traditional “organic, soil” advocates. In short, yes they are.

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JASON HENRY FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Famous New York Landmark Re-Imagined As Lofted Greenhouse

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The winners of an international competition to revive a decaying World’s Fair landmark have re-envisioned it as a garden lofted high above ground.

Architects Sarah Wan, 29, and Aidan Doyle, 34, both of Seattle, were awarded $3,000 for “Hanging Meadows,” their reimagining of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the open-air circular structure with futuristic towers originally designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Seeing images like this remind me of what got me excited about vertical farming in the first place. The potential to turn cities into lush, productive environments through building integrated agriculture or even dedicated structures is tantalizing. While it may not be the most realistic structure in the world (a critique of that here), it certainly makes a statement.

Credit to original WSJ article for image and the opening paragraphs.

A warning to farmers about “CSAs”

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Sometimes distributors are helpful and we give middlemen a cut. But do not let those same middlemen profit off the integrity of community supported agriculture’s (CSA) connotation.

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Elon Musk’s entrepreneur brother reveals 4 predictions for the future of food

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Forget Elon for a second, Kimbal Musk is the man right now. He runs two restaurant chains and has brought school garden programs to over 300 schools. And now he’s dropped 4 predictions about the future of food…and they actually all make sense.

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Vertical Farm Village

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It seems like we have another incident of designers failing to think things through. Or, at the very least, an article that was capped by a word count and unable to get all of the designers’ insight (which is much more forgivable!). At any rate, I hope this project doesn’t fail in the same ways this did because it just looks so cool. It’s an off-grid community that combines suburban thinking and technological advancements (like vertical hydroponics) with a rural lifestyle. Not sure how realistic this is, but it would be cool to see it work. Hopefully they at least took solar blocking into account…

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original article here