Covid-19 has created a lot of problems. But, if one wishes to be a glass half full sort, one can also say that it has made some problems that were passing under the radar glaring and obvious. For example, while technology has made it possible for us to get goods and services from around the world, it has also made us less likely to lean on our own resources. Creating localized farms that can serve communities is one remedy. Vertical farming makes use of less space. It can be done sustainably and in a way that ensures fewer hands are handling the goods. Hygiene, health and local economy are all promoted in this way. In New Jersey, the city has pledged to create ten new vertical farms with the aid of AeroFarms, a vertical farming facility, with roots in Newark. Creating more equitable food access and a healthier society are two main goals of the project. The Health and Human Services Department is overseeing the project. The city’s mayor went on record about the project early in June. While not all of the locations for the farms have been disclosed, at least two will be within Jersey Public Schools.

Key Takeaways:

  • The mayor argued the coronavirus outbreak has made the need for a more localized food production system even more apparent.
  • The program involves partnerships with AeroFarms, HHS, and the World Economic Forum.
  • There’s an educational component to the program that involves healthy eating workshops and health-monitoring for residents.

“Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop elaborated on the city’s vertical farming program, the first of its kind in the nation and the fourth overall across the globe, during an interview this afternoon.”

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