Major metropolitan areas are making an effort to distance themselves from the traditional food supply chain. Cities, dreaming of achieving food independence from the farms that surround them, are increasingly turning to vertical farming projects that grow food in urban settings. Thanks to giant advances in green engineering and sustainable agricultural technologies, these vertical farms are gaining industrial scale efficiency.
Kmart, granddaddy of the big box retail format, addressed fears yesterday that the brand’s recent struggles are fatal. Kmart CEO Eddie Lampert took to the pulpit to deny “recent reports” that the chain was near the end, a matter of great importance to hundreds of Kmart-anchored shopping centers across the US.