The Future of Food – Vertical Farming

vert-farmWith 85% of the human population living in urban settings by 2050 – there is not doubt that a new way of raising our food, must be underway.  Lucky for us, a genius by the name of Dickson Despommier, has already created the solution for us – vertical farming.

Despommier  is a professor of Environmental Health at Columbia University, and coined the term, Vertical Farming.  It offers the idea of using hydroponic greenhouse methods to grow upward, rather than out.

As our needs continue  to grow over the next several decades, we are going to need to solve this issues, before they become problems.  The idea of a controlled environment, may be counter intuitive to us, naturalists, but the reality is that the use of Agri Business, has not been able to solve our food issues.

The method of vertical farming, forgoes the use of fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, mono cropping and a variety of other common used practices in conventional farming.

I had the honor of speaking with Despommier, at a TED conference after party.  It was one of the most fascinating conversations I have had.  He is, without a doubt, a pioneer in the movement of alternative food production.  I was able to inquire on a variety of issues, that only propelled his thinking, and was not able to give me a response.  Only affirming that we are in the mere inception of these ground breaking ideas, and innovation is abound, and an open field!

We need to continue to develop individuals’ relationship with food – where it comes from, the energy trail associated with it, and of course, whether it is organic or not.  Understand the intended principals of food, and how energy is put into food – and how it translates to nutrition and taste.

Mankind has lost its spiritual place within the natural world, and awareness of one’s humanity – issues that have transmitted to other areas of our life.  Clearly, our mainstream society is missing the dynamic balance between people, place and community.  Perhaps, this is also a problem that has created a dissonance with all aspects of our life – in turn the natural world.

With an increase in consciousness and awareness, this discord will begin to heal, and harmony amongst people will return.  Individually, we must step up and begin with ourselves, and that will transcend out.   Supporting our local farmer’s market through direct purchase or through CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in addition to, growing our own food, we can begin to grow our food within our region, and in accordance to the seasons.



Avoid High Corn Fructose Syrup


The studies have been done, and the verdict has been report, high corn fructose syrup (HCFS) is extremely dangerous to our health.  Not only does it derive from subsidised corn that has been gentically modified, but now …. studies have discovered that it also contain mercury.

This is a ubiquitous ingredient, literally found in everything.  It is a persistent sweetener that you will find in anything from your favorite ketchup to your favorite sodas.  In a recent study conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly 1/3 of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient-including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

Not enough attention has been placed on this product nor the implications.  It has been directly associated with obesity.  It has become a popular substitute of sugar in most conventional foods.

Avoid it at all costs!  Organic food will never contain HCFS, rest assured and eat organic!

Creative Citizen on Yahoo Green


Are you a creative citizen?

By Kastle Waserman

Posted Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:50am PST

The idea of global warming can sometimes be a daunting, overwhelming concept. How can one person help fix this problem that is literally changing the face of the earth? The website Creative Citizen offers a manageable answer — by one action at a time. Based on the idea of social networking, Creative Citizen consists of a community of people who are taking simple measures and have found creative ways to conserve, reuse, and recycle.

Together, they post and share ideas such as: Wash your car with a waterless cleaner, tell your dry cleaner to keep the plastic, have plants in your house as natural air purifiers, and the list goes on. Each solution tracks how much it will save in water, energy, waste, emissions, and dollars. You can search for creative solutions, read information about each idea, see photos, add or read comments, edit and provide more info, and then take an action by sending to a friend or bookmarking it.

By clicking “I’ll do it” you add to your “Greenage” as a Creative Citizen. “Greenage” is a tally of points Creative Citizens earn by participating in the online community. People with the most Greenage points can go on to make the Top Citizens board that lists the biggest contributors. In your Citizen profile, you can keep track of what solutions you’ve adopted and connect with friends and see what actions they’ve taken. It makes you feel like what it would like to live in an ideal green world where everybody cares and shares, and it’s a demonstration of what happens when people take small actions to make a big impact.

Now that’s getting eco-creative!

Check it out, Take a tour


Free Green Living Workshops in Santa Monica


Workshops will be held:

SM Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street @ Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA 90405

January 24, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 1
Green Living

This workshop on Green Living, will help lay the foundation to create your green abode
– whether you own or not. Learn the simple ways to make your home energy and
water efficient while eliminating toxins and drastically improving indoor air quality!

The workshop will cover a DIY cleaning product demo, lecture, and interaction with the

I will provide all attendees with an E-Book on all material covered as well as local

January 31, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 2
Green Decor

Few people are aware, that just as in our homes as our workplace, there is an
opportunity to choose objects and products that do not pollute our homes and are
harmful to us and the environment.

Learn how to decorate your home in a way that improves your indoor air quality, and
your overall state of being, by pairing down on clutter and waste, eliminating toxins,
and breathing in a new breathe of fresh air into your home!

I will provide a basis of information that will help guide you in a direction of knowing
what questions to ask from your suppliers and manufacturers to insure that the
materials and finishes you choose for your home are environmentally sound.

There will be samples and materials incorporated, to provide a better understanding for
greening your decor!

Februray 07, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 3
Green Landscaping/Gardening

A basic introduction, offering everything you wanted to know about greening your
garden and landscaping!

This workshop will provide an introduction to Permaculture and good gardening
practices, that you can begin implementing in your green space today!

Information will be provided on local programs, through Santa Monica, on sustainable
gardening and landscaping.

Learn simple tools that will help you save time, money, water and energy in your

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Welcome President Obama


Whatever direction you are slanted, there is no doubt that one can feel the exuberance in the air.

It is a sigh of relief that is being felt coast to coast.

Americans are joining in, with the anticipation that we are in the dawning of a new epoch.

This marks a historical moment, re-empowering this country, to reclaim its sense of dignity.

Perhaps, an overwhelming feat for one person, but collectively, we can make it happen, and we are!

Go Green Expo This Weekend in Los Angeles


What: Go Green Expo


The Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Friday January 23rd      10am – 5pm
Saturday January 24th  10am – 6pm
Sunday January 25th    10am – 5pm


Go Green Expo is a showcase for earth-friendly products and services, focused solely on green living.  The Expo contains a wide range of products, services, speakers and panelists, within the green community.

Visit Scott Badenoch from Creative Citizen on a panel for Green Business Leaders and Eco-Entrepreneurs on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and visit Nancy Astrid Lindo from Astrid Design Studio and our friend, Eric Corey Freed from Organic Architect speaking on a panel on Green Building,  Sunday at 3 p.m. – both panels will be held on the tradeshow floor.

The three day event, opens its doors on, January 23 to the trade, by offering an opportunity for a Business-to-Business Expo.

The event is open on Saturday and Sunday, to both business buyers and consumers for a mere $10 for a full weekend pass.

The event not only touts being the only one of its kind, but the venue, The Los Angeles Convention Center, is the first convention center, of its size and age, in the U.S. to receive a  LEED®Existing Building Certification.

What makes this event, that much more GREEN, is that it is partially powered naturally by the sun – thanks to SolaRover!

Consider taking public transportation, from anywhere in Los Angeles, and even the  Santa Monica Blue Bus will take you there!

Don’t forget to recycle your badge on your way out!

Creative Solutions to implement at Go Green and earn points!

  • Your own water bottle
  • Your own tote
  • Take public trans
  • Bring your own lunch
  • Bring your own utencils