Vertical Farming: A solution to food insecurity?

http://www.unitedyam.com/golb/urban-greenhouse/

This might be especially of interest to the Technoregon group, but I thought this was an interesting look at a proposed vertical farming project in Europe. Although I believe innovative solutions to growing food insecurity are essential, I have to worries about vertical farming:

1) Energy inputs. How much energy does it take to build and maintain a facility like this?

2) Does this still distance consumer from where our food comes from, the ground?? I feel like seeing food grown in these giant buildings still causes a disconnect in the food production cycle, and it will leave consumers, especially kids, not realizing how dependent they are on the soil/air/nutrients that are what truly grows food.

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