A Chicago Entrepreneur is Changing Vertical Farming as We Know It

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Over the past few years, as consumers have become more knowledgeable about food, the stress for more direct food supply has become apparent. Between the rise of farm-to-table restaurants, larger crowds at local farmers markets, and weaving food origin into menus all over the world, the industry has shifted. And we’re very happy about that.

For farmers and distributors, it’s not always an easy task to keep up with the demand. In major food cities, known for their decadent restaurant scenes, urban farming has become the solution. And the lack of city space has forced growers to invest in vertical farming. “Vertical farming is kind of a vision of factory farming of plants,” said Stan Cox of The Land Institute in Kansas. He tells Harvest Public Media, “Just like with animals, it requires much higher inputs of energy, much more stress on the plant, and generally is doing things the hard way.”

Well, one Chicago entrepreneur — John Edel — is about to change the game by installing a “giant anaerobic digester” that will convert food waste into heat and electricity. Read More