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Our Changing Climate


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 11 minutes, 49 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States


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Does Vertical Farming Actually Work?

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  • This video from Our Changing Climate explains how vertical farms work and the benefits and drawbacks of vertical farming.  
  • Students will learn whether vertical farms are a viable alternative to traditional outdoor agriculture. 
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  • It acknowledges the potential benefits of vertical farming but ultimately concludes that techno-fixes have limitations and don't address the larger issues of food waste and meat production.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video begins with a 7 second sponsored ad.
  • The content of the video ends at 9:21, and the remaining time is a sponsored ad.
  • It is sectioned into timestamped chapters listed in the description.


Scientist Notes
This 12-minute video presents the potential for vertical farming to address climate change. This resource first presents claims made by existing or start-up vertical farming operations and then presents challenges and critiques of the method. It concludes with a look at other agricultural processes that emit more greenhouse gases and thus should be prioritized more. Citations are provided in small text on the bottom right corner of the screen, which need to be looked up from a list of resources linked in the video description. Although this takes additional effort to follow citations, this resource is recommended for teaching.
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