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by Charles Kerr
22nd Century

Growing Underground: The Future of Farming?


Welcome to the first ever episode of 22nd Century. A brand new series where Charles Kerr chats to a guest from a different emerging technology to debunk myths, uncover the next big thing and analyse their impact over the next 100 years. In our first podcast, Charles heads underground to meet with Richard Ballard, the Co-Founder of Growing Underground, an urban vertical farm located under Clapham Common, London UK. We discover how micro-greens can be grown four floors below the London Underground, whether artificial lighting affects plant growth, understand challenges to building a vertical farm compared to one below ground, whether the plants taste better than conventional agriculture and where the future holds for this technology in the future including growing fruit and vegetables at a sustainable industrial scale.



by Charles Kerr