An urban farm inside an old meatpacking plant in Chicago is using aquaponics to grow plants and tilapia, but that's not nearly all. The company is also putting the waste from its operations into an anaerobic digester that will make energy from biogas to fuel the facility.
Oh, this story is so right up my alley. Several companies and volunteers in Chicago (my home town!) are turning a former meat-packing plant into a vertical urban farm that combines aquaponics (a super-efficient plant-and-fish-growing system) with kombucha tea production, beer brewing, biogas energy, and a kitchen that serves up the end result with net-zero waste.
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