Farms in The Sky: Fewer Food Miles, Less Waste, More Jobs

Posted on Jan 27 2016 - 6:44pm by UOG

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Urban farming on city rooftops is gaining popularity, and for many reasons. Everyone wants to consume food that is produced closer to home.

Space limitations in a city such as Hong Kong make rooftop farming an attractive option for growers. Farming on the rooftop has numerous social, economic and environmental benefits. A HKU paper examining green roofs concluded that:

“Apart from enhancing the city landscape and environment, mitigating the urban heat island effect and improving air quality, green roofs can improve the micro-climate and increase the life span of waterproof and insulation facilities on the roof. Consequently, roof greening with a sufficiently large scale is conducive to energy conservation and life cycle cost saving for the urban city.

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Green roofs can help reduce three of the four top problems facing society in the next 50 years: energy, water, and environment. In this way, the green roof technology has a potential to improve the quality of population health and welfare in urban areas with dramatically reduced vegetation.”

Read the entire article at: “HongKongfp.com