Archive for the ‘agriculture’ Category

New Vertical Farm Video

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Check this out. A new VF video. Pretty cool stuff.

I think this idea is on the brink. It’s time now for the right team to come together and make Dr. Despommier’s vision a reality.

Ohh, be sure to pause at :47 and 1:15!

Live in Australia!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Take a look. My first live TV interview!

Sydney Australia’s channel 7 Weekend Sunrise called me up and asked me if I’d be interested in sharing my thoughts on vertical farming with their audience.

Live TV is a little different then doing a presentation or interviewing for CNBC. All I had was a ear piece and told to talk to larger than life eyes above the camera. I had no idea what they were showing and when they started with the yokel music I got a little concerned. Apparently, they also thought I was Amish. Entertaining…

What a great experience!

Sustainable Ag in Cuba

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Check out this article I recently came across about Cuba’s sustainable agricultural practices. Originally posted on The Solutions website the authors chronicle the development of Cuba’s agricultural practices a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resulting sanctions. For the past 40+ years Cuba was forced to develop methods for growing produce independent of petrochemicals. In Havana, urban agricultural practices account for 80% of produce consumed. (more…)

Eco-Laboratory @ the Smithsonian!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Eco-Laboratory is currently featured in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s fourth exhibition, entitled “Why Design Now?” This exhibition is part of the National Design Triennial series and will be on view from May 14, 2010 through January 9, 2011. The exhibition explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design – from architecture, to product design, fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design. The title, “Why Design Now?” challenges audiences to examine why design thinking is an essential tool for solving some of society’s most urgent problems. (more…)

Top ten sustainable food trailblazers

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Eat-onomics: The Ten Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food

by Stephanie Schomer

On Friday Fast Company posted their Top Ten Sustainable food folks. The list includes the most notable movers and shakers in the food revolution. You might recognize Dickson Despommier, Jamie Oliver, and Michael Pollan who have appeared on this blog. It’s really exciting to see all these people on the same list. Congrats to all!

Vertical Farming article on

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Eco-Laboratory - Main Entry - weber thompson

This is an article I wrote for the Daily Journal of Commerce special section on green building.

A new use for urban high-rises: farming

In order for sustainability to be viable in the urban environment, we must take into account how we bring food into our cities. Until recently the green building movement has not put a priority on the impact our food systems have on the viability of our urban areas. (more…)

Update: NYC panel discussion

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum: Re-Imagining New York: Designing Urban Farms to Feed our Cities. It was a real honor to discuss these dynamic issues in front of a packed house of engaged New Yorkers. What a rush!

The video gives a great summary of the discussion, but only one or two of my comments made the cut. MAS has a full version of the audio on their website. Also, if your just dying to hear what I had to say you can download the podcast from iTunes click here

Foregoing the Next Great Extinction

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

scientific americanDid you know the Earth’s most predominate ecosystem is pasture?!? A man made ecosystem covering an area larger than Africa. Totally shocking… I found this info in a great article in this month’s Scientific American. It focuses on the shortcomings of our current agricultural system, and proposes potential solutions to help with population increase and the resulting need for more food. Unfortunately, no mention of hydroponics as a part of the answer.


NYC Panel Discussion

Sunday, September 20th, 2009


On November 3rd I’ll be in Manhattan to participate in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum. This year’s topic focuses on the role of urban agriculture in New York City. It’s open to the public so, check it out if you’re in town.