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Vertical farming: Farms among the skyscrapers

A sustainable non-profit firm, with the help of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), has taken over an abandoned meatpacking warehouse and is converting it into a farm

In South Chicago, tucked behind a low-end supermarket in what used to be the old stockyards, a project is under way that might offer a long-term solution to some of the food needs of US cities. A sustainable non-profit firm, with the help of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), has taken over an abandoned meatpacking warehouse and is converting it into a farm. In the basement, pools of tilapia fish, bred for Chicago’s restaurants, are providing waste through a biological reactor. Once the bacteria from the water is converted into nitrates, the same water pumps into a 1,000 square foot pool that provides nutrients and water on which a rotating floating crop of lettuce and herbs grows.

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