DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LOVE THIS ARTICLE? SHARE IT!
Continuing from last week’s blog, I’m writing about future food sources and specifically a business called Growing Underground. Firstly to get you in the groove, can you remember the song ‘Going Underground’ by British band ‘The Jam’ from the 80’s? If so, you can hum that whilst you read this!
Far beneath the urban streets of London lies a future food business, bringing food production back to the city. Fresh salad greens and herbs flourish under lights in a network of forgotten wartime tunnels. These plants thrive in a controlled environment without interference from the English weather, a pesticide-free hydroponic system ensures each tiny leaf tastes amazing.
Peas, coriander, wasabi mustards, garlic chives and rocket are blooming 33 metres below Clapham High Street. The business has not been designed to replace farming, but to compliment it. The usual kilometres travelled by fresh salad to get from farm to plate is huge. These boys are closing the gap for London cafes restaurants and markets to supply and feed customers with ‘local’ produce.
Food used to be grown within cities, London’s street names are a dead giveaway. For example Saffron Hill. Yes, the world’s most expensive spice was grown in London in the 13th Century!
Even Perth’s market gardens over a few short years have been sold to appease our appetite for urban domestic sprawl creating many kilometres between us and our fresh food supplies.
Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are co-founders of this unique subterranean farm. The foresight of these two surely will inspire others with ideas to take action.
Thanks to Collosal http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/09/growing-underground/ and BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards for images.
BBC Radio 4 Food Programme Podcast is available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnx3/episodes/downloads
Sign up to our really useful newsletter and receive free essential kitchen tip videos direct from our kitchen.