The relaunch of Impatient Foodie felt like a good time to share my grad school dissertation from 2010. My focus was on a biotechnology called Vertical Farming, which proposes to grow food in massive hydroponic skyscraper farms in urban areas. Land and farmers currently growing food would be paid to forests and manage forests. In that sense, Vertical Farming not just about feeding the population, but also adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. I consider this my magnum opus. Studying, researching, and interviewing for this essay took me almost 6 months and was what solidified my passion for food. It’s a long read, but if you are interested in biotech, climate change, the future of feeding urban populations, and/or the future of farming, I think you will enjoy it. I am more than happy for you to use any of the content of my dissertation, but I kindly ask that you appropriately cite me or cite the person that I am quoting in the piece. If ever ever have any questions about this or want to nerd out on food tech/food futures, please let me know in the comments or on the contact form. Happy reading!