brooklyn-grange-navy-yard-nyc-untappedBrooklyn Grange at the Navy Yard. Image via Brooklyn Grange Farm

The United Nations predicts that by 2015, 88.3% of the population of the United States will live in urban areas. And we’ll still need our greens. New Yorkers have been getting creative with ways to bring locally-produced food in the most sustainable ways they can come up with. Chances are, someone is growing dinner within a mile as you read this. Here are 6 sustainable urban agriculture spots in NYC:

1. VertiCulture

Video via DNAinfo

The newly converted Pfizer Building of Brooklyn welcomes aquaponics. Christopher Taurasi leads VertiCultureproject to raise fish and plants in a technology-aided symbiotic environment. In short, the system has plants use fish waste as fertilizer (that would otherwise hurt the fish) while fish are in turn eating plant waste. VertiCulture’s goal is not only to have the tilapia sold fresh and locally but to also have their sustainable system used in any urban setting.

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  1. The big and often insurmountable problem with inner-city aquaponics or other agriculture projects is that they still depend too much on foreign sources of input, esp. water and electricity. One hurricane, an EMP event or solar storm, strike or other disaster and many of these intensive farming ventures (you can’t go “extensive” in urban areas) will literally go “belly up”. The road to (even) more sustainability would be to e.g. harvest more solar energy which comes, solar storm, strike, hurricane or not. Only the harvesting methods proposed by the various interest groups are lacking sustainability: photovoltaic means transforming a tiny part of the solar spectrum inefficiently into electricity which then cannot be stored and does not even provide enough for your own continuous needs, but further destabilizes the grid. Using the sun’s full spectrum instead would provide heat all-year ’round (yes, the sun warmeth even in the winter or we’d all be frozen solid!), but it is three or more times efficient, costs a lot less, lasts a longer, can be used on site and can even be stored. Sustainable urban agriculture needs to go solar the proper way or suffer.

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