Agritecture Urban Agriculture Vertical Farming Sustainable strategies with Henry Gordon-Smith


Henry Gordon-Smith is my guest on episode 31 of Inside Ideas with Marc Buckley.
Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. In 2011, Henry started exploring urban agriculture and launched the blog “Agritecture” to share case studies and analyses from around the world. In 2013, Henry Co-Founded the Association for Vertical Farming. In 2014, Henry responded to a global need for technology-agnostic guidance on urban agriculture by launching the advisory firm Agritecture Consulting which has now consulted on over 100 urban agriculture projects in over 20 countries.

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00:00 – Agritecture Urban Agriculture Vertical Farming Sustainable strategies
01:02 – Introduction of Inside Ideas guest Henry Gordon-Smith
03:40 – Paths have crossed at many events around world
05:21 – Got stuck in Oman during Pandemic
07:10 – Travel is in many ways unnecessary
08:25 – Big loss for company and pivot needed
09:34 – Digital conference series
11:20 – Giving Urban Farmers Value
12:20 – Very International and Global with Urban Farming
14:38 – Multicultural Global Citizen
20:00 – Migrant workers of food Women and Girls
21:00 – Externality of Cheap Labor around Food is a Risk
23:00 – Burning Question WTF? What’s the Future?
24:13 – Clusters or communities around human needs
25:50 – Technology and robots
26:30 – More division, More Poverty, Less Consumption
28:00 – More Virtual Reality
30:00 – Open Systems in Vertical Farming and Container Farming
31:40 – Integrating the discussion around the future of Urban Farming
32:30 – Dickson D. Despommier The Vertical Farm Book
35:00 – Vertical Farm in the Bronx
35:45 – Co-Founded the Association for Vertical Farming
37:00 – Past the hype into the realities of the space
38:00 – Sustainability is a Process
38:48 – The Methods Matters
39:20 – Agritecture Designer Tool
41:00 – Designer can take global data and give you yield
41:30 – CapEx OpEx Costs Returns for your Urban farm over time
43:00 – App tool for Smartphones
43:30 – Daily light integrated and all sorts of tools coming in future
44:30 – Agritecture Designer Contest Giveaway
46:00 – Please join the Giveaway
49:00 – CleanTech and Closed system Urban Ag Closed Systems
50:17 – Closed Environmental Agriculture
51:00 – Agriculture is not Natural it is science
52:00 – Reduction in water use
52:50 – No Pesticides and Fertilizers needed
54:00 – Greenhouses are the lowest carbon footprint
55:00 – Dream Harvest is 100% renewable
56:15 – Rainwater Harvesting
56:50 – Organic Certifications
57:40 – Agritecture provides clients with sustainability answers
58:30 – Human waste and Animal waste use in farms
59:20 – Hanging Gardens of Babylon
1:00:00 – A Lot of Hype in this industry
1:01:50 – Farming is a science let’s remove fluff
1:02:40 – Climate Induceced Refugees
1:04:00 – Started Blogging and built an Archive
1:05:10 – Traded for Experience
1:06:00 – What can you do for others
1:07:00 – Without a great team you are nothing
1:08:10 – Cash Flow is King
1:09:30 – Dreams can be connected to next steps


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