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>>FOR OVER 8,000 YEARS, WE’VE BEEN PLOWING DIRT TO GROW OUR FOOD. IN FACT, WE’VE GO GOTTEN SO GOOT IT THAT OVER 80% OF THE WORLD’S FARMABLE LAND IS ALREADY IN USE. BY 2050 WE CAN EXPECT ANOTHER 3 BILLION PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH TO JOIN US FOR DINNER. ANOTHER CHINA AND INDIA. ON AVERAGE, FOOD TRAVELS 1500 MILES FROM FARM TO TABLE. HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO GROW FOOD TO FEED THE HUNGRY MASSES? ONE ANSWER IS STRERT CAL FARMING FARMING. SMERL, CALIFORNIA KNOWN FOR ITS ECLECTIC SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS HAS ANOTHER NEW FEATURE, A VERTICAL FARM.>>I’M ALEX THOMSON , MONTECITO FARMS.>>SEEDLINGS TO HARVESTED VEGETABLES. HIS FARM PRODUCES ARE FRESH VEGETABLES TO SEVEN RESTAURANTS EVERY DAY.>>THIS IS A TOWER GARDEN. CAN YOU TELL US HOW IT WORKS?>>IT IS A VERTICAL AEROPONIC GARDEN. THE WATER IS IS ESSENTIALLY MISTING AND RAINING DOWN THROUGH THE CENTER COLUMN AND GETTING ALL THE ROOT SYSTEMS. IT WOULD BE EASIER IF I SHOW YOU. HOW ABOUT IF I PULL THIS OUT. LOOK AT HOW HEALTHY AND STRONG THESE ROOT SYSTEMS ARE. AND THE WATER EVERY 15 MINUTES IS JUST WASHING OVER THESE ROOTS.>>IS IT READY TO BE HARVESTED?>>YEAH, THIS IS READY TO BE EITHER FULLY HARVESTED FOR A RESTAURANT OR YOU COULD START HARVESTING IT AND EATING IT.>>DELICIOUS.>>WE HAVE ONE RESTAURANT HERE THAT’S GARDEN TO MOUTH IN 50 FEET.>>I WANT TO CHECK THIS OUT.>>WE ARE HERE IN CAFE LUNA. WHAT DO YOU BUY?>>WHY BUY KALE, ARUGULA, CHIVES.>>WHAT ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS SAYINGS?>>THEY SAY THAT THINGS REALLY POP, THEY TASTE FABULOUS.>>TELL ME HOW IT WORKS. HOW DO YOU DO THAT?>>WE’RE GOING TO START WITH TH ALMOND MILK, TEAR OFF SOME KALE, AN ENTIRE BANANA, PROTEIN POWDER. THAT IS HEALTH IN A GLASS.>>DELICIOUS. ♪♪ ♪♪>>I JUST LANDED HERE IN O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND I’M STARVING. THERE IS A RESUME THAT THERE’S A VERTICAL GARDEN THAT SERVES 10,000 PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. LET’S GO FIND IT. IT’S LIKE A SECRET GARDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF AN AIRPORT. TOTALLY AMAZING. HOW MANY TOWERS DO WE HAVE HERE?>>WE HAVE 26 TOWERS IN THIS GARDEN AND EACH TOWER LAST 24 PLANGTS. WE D OWNERS PLANTS. WE HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF HERBS, BASIL AND CILANTRO.>>WE JUST PICKED SOME PRODUCE AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO GO WICKER PARK AND MAKE SOME SUSHI.>>I’M KOSTA GRAMMATIS.>>NICE TO MEET YOU.>>I JUST PICKED SOME STUFF UPSTAIRS, CAN WE DO IT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>THIS ROLE IS PRODUCED WITH SOME OF THE CHIEFS AND LETTUCES THAT WE HARVESTED FROM THE GARDEN EARLIER.>>LIKE IT?>>SO FRESH, SO GOOD.>>GO AHEAD AND HELP YOURSELF. I KNOW YOU’RE HUNGRY.>>I’M GOING OEAT IT ALL.>>CAN TOWER GARDENS, SO NEW, IT’S HARD TO SEE WHAT IMPACT IT CAN HAVE. BUT HERE HAT THIS PRESCHOOL, KIDS HAVE BEEN EATING FROM THE TOWER GARDENS FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS.>>I LIKE TO EAT EAT KALE FROM OUR GARDEN.>>FIRST TO HAVE A COMMERCIAL TOWER GARDEN FARM.>>DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE ARE?>>TOWER GARDENS.>>I WANT TO KNOW WHAT EVERYONE’S FAVORITE VEGETABLE IS?>>LETTUCE.>>CARROTS.>>TOMATOES.>>YOURS IS TOMATOES. GRACIE, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO PICK?>>ARUGULA.>>LET’S PICK SOME RIGHT HERE.>>ONE DAY WE’RE AT THE SUPERMARK. ONE DAY SHE GRABBED A SUGAR PEA AND STARTED EATING IT AND I THOUGHT WOW, I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE’S DOING THIS.>>DID YOU EET SNAP PEAS OFF OUR TOWER GARDEN?>>NO.>>YOU ATE THE PEAS OFF THE TOWER GARDEN?>>NO, WE ATE THEM ALL.>>THEY’LL HELP THEM PULL IT OFF AND THEY GO WASH IT, AND I SAY GO, THERE’S A PIECE OF KALE STICKING OUT OF THEIR MOUTH.>>ARUGULA!>>EATING THE APHIDS.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK THE IMPACT WOULD BE IF EVERY SCHOOL WOULD HAVE ONE OF THESE? I BELIEVE IT WOULD SERIOUSLY SHUT DOWN FAST FOOD AS WE KNOW IT.>>PEOPLE WOULD LEARN THE VALUE OF EATING HEALTHY.>>Only on Al Jazeera America>>A team of scientists are taking their inspiration from nature…>>Technology, it’s a vital part of who we are>>They had some dynamic fire behavior…>>…and what we do…>>Transcranial direct stimulation…>>Don’t try this at home…>>TechKnow’s team of experts show you how the miracles of science…>>This is my selfie, what can you tell me about my future?>>…Can effect and surprise us…>>Sharks like affection…>>Catch new episodes of TechKnow on Al Jazeera America check your local listings or visit aljazeera.com

72 Comments

  1. s z Author

    I am a dummy in this field but this seems very awesome! But where are the vitamins and minerals coming from though without the soil? Just fresh water and sunlight, and these plants still have the same vitamin and minerals as the plants grown conventionally from the fields?

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  2. TinyShaman Author

    This bullshit-rich presentation of a suspiciously specific (all the "towers" seem to be from the exact same producer) method of vertical farming doesn't do this promising direction in agriculture any favours. Why not engage in real journalism and make an actual overview of what's happening in this industry?

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  3. THEKAZA117 Author

    This is every good but the Tower Garden products are way too expensive. Tower Gardens with or without the kit made from plastic doesn't cost $600 to make i'm sorry but this is not fair.

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  4. Victor Carabez Author

    as far as I know plants need nutrients they get from soil in order for them to grow.. we humans consume plants in order to get nutrients if those nutrients are not available in Plants they are useless.. so you're growing vegetables by just putting a . seed and use a light and Water only!! I have never seen a human grow in showers

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  5. Richard Wise Author

    Great video thanks for making it. I am growing in a similar way out of 18 Pyramid Gardens in a grow tent. I would like to get about 10 Tower Gardens set up in my backyard as well. Although I would have to fence them off from my dog so he doesn't pee on the produce.

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  6. Malvika Baru Author

    I had heard about vertical farms. But tower farms is a new thing I just got to know. It think we all can have it in our homes. Maybe I can find a video on how to build a farm like this at home and start growing vegetables. Awesome!

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  7. JoJo Hamilton Author

    Soil is becoming has been contaminated.What is being sprayed onto fields,etc? I would prefer to grow my herbs,etc in a water filtered container,than a soil container.

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  8. Peter XYZ Author

    I love these TechKnow episodes. Maybe do less bias from commercial product like TowerGarden gear and present a portion of this video with DIY options…not all of us are RICH Qatar billionaires.

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  9. General JellyRoll Author

    The problem with doing hydroponics outdoors is the temperature. How does he prevent root rot? Generally keeping the temperature in the reservoir down

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  10. Rich Laue Author

    Correction this is just a different type of hydroponics, not aroponics which uses high pressure water shot in a fine mist.
    The roots then stay very thin like thread.

    The tower garden large drops of water fall onto the roots. The plant still needs to make the thicker routers to collect the nutrients

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  11. Žurkulēns Author

    the problem with vertical famrs is that,plants are growing into sponges or washedonly with water,like showed in the video,meaning,there is real vitamins and the rest nutrition into hem..

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  12. STRAIGHT Author

    HE failed to specify that most of that type of vertical farms GROW the plants with chemicals and water and technically are NOT natural grown because of chemical induce grow plant .
    Natural GROWN plants with vertical towers are in aquaponics system or plants grown in water from the fish tank flow to the plants roots.

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  13. wang tie Author

    OVERPOPULATION IS A CURSE IF THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT READY TO PROVIDE FOR THE PEOPLE. MANY WILL BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD, HUNGRY AND SICK. MANY WILL TURN TO CRIMES JUST TO SURVIVE AND DESTROY THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY. FAMILY PLANNING MUST BE IMPLEMENTED BY FORCE IF NECESSARY SO THAT THE EXISTING PEOPLE CAN LIVE A NORMAL LIFE, HAVING ENOUGH FOOD , WORK AND SHELTER.

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  14. hjy8001 Author

    몇 명 처먹지도 않는 좆같은 샐러드재료밖에 재배 못하면서 마치 인류를 구원할 마냥 씨부리네. 밀,쌀,옥수수 수직농장 만들기 전에는 닥치고 개발이나 해라

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  15. RoThe Man24 Author

    Why the fuck do they pour their smoothie in a plastic, non reusable cup when they´re a restaurant with dish washers and why do they wrap their products in plastic when it gets used 15 feet away? Is that the super modern California?

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  16. pbkayakyer Author

    "80% of the world's farm able land is already in use"?

    Bullcrap. We just haven't been farming efficiently. Look at Israel. It was a desert wasteland just a 70 years ago. Now countries all over the world are learning from Israel (even countries that hate israel are seeking their guidance in agricultural)

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  17. James P Author

    We will not see an other 3 billion people on earth by 2050. Grand Solar Minimum will take care of that. Historically (the last 2000 years) we actually will get a decrease of population by maybe 20-25%, due to cold weather crop failure. Don’t believe me? Looks at the world crop production the last 3-4 years! Yes, aeroponics will help produce food, but not enough when the TSI is decreasing by 5-6W. Don’t know what am talking about? Check the facts and start learning more😎

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  18. M. Karbaschi Author

    It is such a big mistake to use them in commercial settings. It is not economical at all, it is very expensive to buy and the amount which is produced is not much. BTW and very expensive to run.

    There are far more economical cheaper to buy, run and higher producer in NFT systems which are stack up like an upside down V.

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  19. AncapFTW Author

    Yeah. Those children didn't seem brainwashed or cultlike at all. I'm sure the teacher isn't trying to indoctrinate them into having an irrational hatred of fast food. Not a chance.

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  20. Nkosikhona Mnamatha Author

    Please help fund for fitness calendar.were www.fundforfitness.co.za we contacted by [email protected] were a cipc registered gym name called fund for fitness and provide static and online video submition .Please help fund for fitness calendar with vertical farming and great food to milkshake and workshop all day

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