Acetone, Camphor, Benzenes, Aldehydes, Ethanol, G-terpins and others inside perfumes, deodorants, body lotions, cleaning products, paints, new carpets, tobacco smoke, pesticides, solvents.. are what cause “Indoor Contamination”. These toxins poison you most of the time, including while you are sleeping.
Fatigue, disorientation, muscular pain, joint pain, eczemas, eruptions, dizziness, accelerated breathing, asthma, anxiety, sinusitis, headache, decreased focusing capacity, insomnia, irregular heart rhythm, mood disorders..are some of the effects of our prolonged daily exposure to Indoor Contamination. Energy efficient work & living paces in today’s times are often tightly sealed to prevent energy loss from air conditioning systems. Lack of ventilation stops any recycling of the indoor contaminants. This leads to loss in productivity and health issues.
The best way of getting rid of indoor air toxins is to use plants to clean the indoor air. Researchers from NASA and other organizations recommend at least 15-18 good-sized plants for a house or apartment of 1800 square feet. The indoor miracle plants that are magical air-cleaner & purifiers for your home and/or work place.
The future of farming is looking up with organic edible gardening using veggyBARREL® on concreted surfaces like rooftops, balconies and pavements. And this edible gardening is happening for a variety of reasons. For one, it offers remedy to the mounting economic difficulties that independent farmers face. But more importantly, it’s rising out of enviromental concerns – space, soil health, climate change, vital ecosystems decimated by monoculture.
Traditional Commercial ag would require about 20 times more water annually, loosing half of its water to run off, evaporation and flood irrigation.
Energy is expensive, so reducing reliance on traditional energy sources is not just more enviromentally sound but also economically sound. Part of reducing energy inputs is tripling our production per square foot. In other words, the smaller farmer has fewer overhead costs. We are already seeing popular interest in the small-producer farming economy. To make this new economy happen, we need to start using urban and high-value land and real estate more efficiently, and that means growing up, but growing up intelligently.
When we look across the city we see potential in the thousands of roofs and we set out to find good roof space that can grow salad greens and leafy greens, root crops, tomatoes, peppers and rotating seasonal crops including the likes of egg plants, berries and tomatillos.
We also conduct detailed financial analyses on our crops, and it’s important to focus on the most profitable crops, in terms of time, yield, price and demand.
In addition to keeping nutrient-dense produce close to consumers, the city itself benefits in more ways than one from farming vertically. Rooftop farms also provide increased insulation to the building, reducing energy used in heating and cooling and combating urban heat-island effect.