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I am currently engaged in a project whose mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings that are situated in densely populated urban centers (Vertical Farming; see www.verticalfarm.com). In this mode of agriculture, no fertilizers of any type are necessary (it employs hydroponics and aeroponics), including human feces. No agricultural runoff is produced, and crops can be harvested all year round. Vertical farming offers many other advantages as described in my book Vertical Farm. I am Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University. For 27 years, I conducted NIH-sponsored laboratory-based research on a parasitic nematode, Trichinella spiralis. However, my long-term interests center around the environment and the ecology of infectious disease transmission. I co-authored a book on parasitic infections (Parasitic Diseases 5th ed.), and authored another on the West Nile virus (West Nile Story). I have published over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles and numerous reviews on a variety of subjects, mostly dealing with parasitic infections, the ecology of infectious diseases, or the concept of the vertical farm. I have delivered over 100 invited lectures on subjects ranging from infectious diseases to urban agriculture.
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