An Underground Farm WWII Air Raid Shelter Raises Thoughts About Future Food Production

This Land Is Your Land features an underground farm in London and focuses on the concerns about land & food production for the future.

The underground farm is built within the shelter of a former air raid shelter from 1944. Using artificial lighting (obviously) powered by wind turbines, the growers,Steve Dring and Richard Ballard,  produce veggies with an aquaponic system using reclaimed water. No soil required.

These guys are growing salad greens and veggies for profit and not as a community endeavor to feed people with food insecurity but their underground farm gives food for thought as to what the future of food production could look like as population rises and land shortages increase.

 

There’s a video of what the underground farm looks like here (I could not figure out for the life of me how to embed it here this morning)

I do think it’s important to think about future food production solutions but priority should be placed on fixing the current system first. When nearly half the food grown is wasted, focus needs to be on better efficiency in the system. Corporate interests & politicians not interested in humanity need to be prohibited from making legislation that blocks food from getting to zero income and low income families. The article quotes Eric Holt Gimenez from The Institute of Food and Development Policy as saying, ““Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity.” , a totally true statement that makes me wonder why the goal isn’t first to balance equality (which will also help control population growth ) . There’s weird emphasis in the article  on what GMO-seed developers can do on a small amount of land as an incentive to get behind the idea of GMOS (but thanks, NG, for disclosing that Syngenta pays for your advertising) and there’s ideas that don’t quite fit together …

all that to say that I love the idea of people growing food in abandoned spaces to fill the need for local food  and that I do hope the future of farming looks a lot like this.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “An Underground Farm WWII Air Raid Shelter Raises Thoughts About Future Food Production

  1. Given the energy it takes to give plants the amount of light they need, I can’t see much sustainable ecology in growing lettuce this way.

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