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    07/07/2020

    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

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Book Review - The Vertical Farm

13/07/2017

Imagine a time when instead of paying high prices for produce shipped from all over the globe, you instead head to your local vertical farm's market and buy what you need, fresh from the vine, bush, cane, or pod. It's been germinated, tended, and harvested perhaps a few kilometers from your home. It could be something as commonplace as wheat or as exotic as kiwi. Imagine the word "farmer" not being a dirty word anymore, because your food is now produced by hydroponic experts right around the corner.

"The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century" takes you in a unexpected direction in the world of agriculture: up. In an era when nearly half of crops in North America are dedicated to the feeding of livestock; where urban sprawl and pollution threatens endangered habitats; and when food insecurity will only grow along with the global population, it's time to rethink and redo the way we produce our food.

The idea of vertical farming, in the form of multi-story, self-sustaining buildings, has captured the attention of architects, farmers, and scientists alike. Fantastic read!

 

The Vertical Farmby Nadine_OPL