James with lettuce

James Cannon inspects transplants and baby greens inside of a GreenFarms A&M Research & Development Grow Chamber.

Hosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Guest: James Cannon

Dickson and Vincent speak with James Cannon, Chief of Horticulture at Green Farms A&M, about how his company produces food indoors.

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Eric and James

James Cannon (Chief of Horticulture) and Eric Diamond (Director of Operations) Showing the scale of a Grow Chamber at a GreenFarms A&M Research and Development facility.
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Lettuce Shelf

Mesclun ready for harvest at an Upright Farms Inc. Research and Development facility.
Photo credit: James Cannon

 

Basil on unit

Genovese basil ready for harvest in 6 weeks at an Upright Farms Inc. Research and Development facility. Photo credit: James Cannon

 

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HydrostackerHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent continue their discussion of the science of indoor farming.

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Bog bodies of the Iron Age (Nova)

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Pasona O2Hosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent provide an overview of the technologies that allow the practice of indoor farming.

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Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses

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ChristopheInquiring Minds podcast

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Blake KurasekHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent discuss how the vertical farm concept was developed and where it stands today.

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Big Ideas (YouTube)

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Chongming CountyHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent talk about why and how farming practices will change.

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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US Drought Maps – 2014

US drought maps

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California drought and cropsHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent continue their brief history of farming with a discussion of farming after the Dust Bowl.

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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

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steam powered plowHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent discuss the effects of industrialization on the development of farming.

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Photographs of Dorothea Lange

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Origins of agricultureHosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello

Dickson and Vincent launch their new podcast with a discussion of the early origins of farming.

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We are pleased to introduce a new podcast about urban agriculture – the third green revolution.

Urban Agriculture is a podcast all about food production within the built environment. Some of the topics we will cover include: the current state of agriculture around the world and critical issues facing outdoor farming, the effects of outdoor farming on ecosystem functions and services; indoor farming (e.g., greenhouses, vertical farms); food safety, sovereignty, and security; food deserts, obesity; malnutrition; ecological footprint; freshwater availability; land use; growth of human populations; re-use of urban abandoned buildings; limiting factors such as phosphate and freshwater; indoor growing systems (e.g., hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics) and lighting strategies; plant physiology; automation; and much more. A regular feature of our podcast will be in-depth interviews with many of the world’s leading experts in urban agriculture.

Vincent and Dickson are two science Professors at Columbia University Medical Center who are co-hosts of two other podcasts, This Week in Virology, which was begun in September 2008, and This Week in Parasitism. The success of these podcasts made it clear that there is a large audience who wants to hear conversation about complex topics such as infectious diseases.

We began Urban Agriculture because Dickson has had a long-standing interest in farming within the built environment – hence his book, The Vertical Farm.

Episode #1 of Urban Agriculture will be here shortly.

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