Rooftop Rice Farming?

November 24, 2014 The next time you are on the rooftop of a building in the otherwise bleak urban cityscape, imagine standing amid a rice field and looking out across the tops of other buildings covered in gardens and urban agriculture. 

This rooftop rice field is in China. According to "Eat Up," an online agricultural website,
Two hectares of rooftop in South Central China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region stand a cut above the rest.  The Liuzhou Chenfeng Brewing Factory, founded in 1954, supports one of China’s only rooftop rice paddies.  Tan Zhaohan, the factory’s head rice planter, reported to David Cao of Bejing Impact that the roofs were first planted in 2010.  Rice, lotus and vegetables flourish on the roof while other crops are grown on the property at ground-level.
 Pretty cool! Sponsored projects like this make for an interesting public relations campaign, but I can imagine such projects also providing income for people who'd like to try their hand at urban agriculture. We've been keeping an eye on Singapore's ComCrop, also an urban agricultural rooftop project that has been selling its produce at farmers' markets and directly to local restaurants, and we've pondered other possibilities about utilizing empty spaces in our urban environment for food and power production.

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