The potential to produce more food close to its centre of consumption within the zoo has been explored through the worlds first production vertical farm. Hosted at Paignton Zoo in Devon this production unit grows fresh leafy salad crops for zoo animals and for the visitor catering outlets with a much reduced footprint - as measured in joules per kg of fresh produce. This article explores the role of this production prototype not only for zoos but also for wider production of some fresh produce as part of a wider localised food system, distinct from the globally financed food system.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the UK controlled environment users group 2011 scientific meeting|
|Subtitle of host publication||Greenhouse technology and practice|
|Place of Publication||Leeds|
|Publisher||Controlled Environmental Users Group|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Nov 2011|
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