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Paris to get world’s largest rooftop farm

Paris to get world’s largest rooftop farm, credit: Agripolis
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Paris is to set up an urban farm on its perimeter to supply residents with one ton of food per day. As weforum.org reports, the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, which is currently under renovation, is set to become the location of the world’s largest urban rooftop farm as of next year. Covering an area of 14,000 m², it will be planted with around 30 different species, grown in columns without soil and fed with nutrient-rich solutions and rainwater. This aeroponic method requires little water consumption and allows large numbers of plants to be grown in a small area.

Visitors will be able to purchase produce, which will also be available for tasting in the rooftop restaurant. The farm will host educational tours and citizens will be able to rent spaces to grow their own crops.

Agripolis, the company behind the farm, already runs other rooftop farms around France. Speaking to The Guardian, founder, Pascal Hardy, said, “Our vision is a city in which flat roofs and abandoned surfaces are covered with these new growing systems. Each will contribute directly to feeding urban residents who today represent the bulk of the world’s population.”

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Keltivia the top French vegetable exporter

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Keltivia is proud to be the largest French exporter of fresh vegetables. “Our company is a distributor and exporter of vegetables grown on the Northern coast of the Brittany region of France” explains Christian Le Manach, the Keltivia sales manager. “We export 75,000 tons of vegetables every year, such as different varieties of cauliflower, tomatoes, artichoke, onion, shallots, etc”.  The mild climate of the Brittany coast is very favorable for vegetable production. The soils are fertile and the farmers are very experienced, having been in the business for many generations. Striving for innovations, the company has launched and exported several special varieties like coloured cauliflowers, mini-vegetables and organic products. “We sell cauliflowers of different colors, including yellow, purple, etc.”, says Christian.  Half of the volume is sold on the domestic market, the other half is exported all around Europe. The vegetables are traded under the “Prince de Bretagne” brand, which confirms their high quality.