There’s A Farm 100 Feet Below The Streets Of London — And It Could Change Agriculture Forever

Plants are reaching new heights — way underground.


Biologists are repurposing London's old air raid tunnels into a sustainable underground farm.

Our population is growing faster than our food sources. 30 years from now, there could be 3 billion more people on the planet. How are we going to feed them? Some areas of the world are already experiencing land shortages. As the world keeps continue populating, land will be in even shorter supply, yet we’ll need that much more space to grow food.

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Luckily, we’ve got smart, forward-thinking people working on solutions. In London, for example, Growing Underground is one of the world’s first urban underground farms. Under the subway in an abandoned World War II air raid shelter, their “farm” is about 11 stories (108 feet) below ground. The tunnels housing the plants have colored LED lights, which replace the sun and are engineered to hit certain plants at specific heights.

Currently, Growing Underground produces microgreens — herbs and salad vegetables — which are sold to local stores and select restaurants. For some crops, it takes as little as seven days to go from planting and harvesting. How is that possible? Well, when you take away factors like seasons and daylight and use temperature and light-controlled spaces, things can be pretty efficient.

Of course, the 10 herbs Growing Underground currently produces are only the beginning. Their capacity reaches far beyond what they are generating now, and they eventually plan to grow micro vegetables, super-foods, and even edible flowers. As for the future implications on a global scale, this is only the beginning.

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Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

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"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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