Sweden has just begun construction on a skyscraper greenhouse, or “plantscraper,” the first of its kind. Located in the city of Linkoping, it was introduced by SymbioCity, which is a program that focuses on connecting people with solutions that “save the environment and money at the same time.”
The “Plantagon” project, as it is called, was in in part motivated by the prediction that population growth is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, with an estimated 80% of humanity living in cities. By farming vertically, thus maximizing space, productivity can be greatly increased. It also reduces the distance of transporting the food produced, reducing pollution as well.
While The Garden Stewards Project is a strong proponent of the connection to nature as an integral element of gardening, we applaud those committed to the future. As the Native American proverb says “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
Read more about this next generation of urban farming HERE.