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A Rooftop Farm Is "a Foolish Endeavor" Due to High Costs and Government Regulations



(p. B1) BrightFarms Inc. last year pulled the plug on a planned greenhouse in Washington, D.C., 10 months into the process of getting permits, and earlier exited an effort to develop a rooftop farm in Brooklyn, New York. FarmedHere LLC, which operates a farm in a former box factory outside Chicago, shut down for six months last August to revamp its strategy.

Building farms on city rooftops is "a foolish endeavor" because of the higher costs and the additional time for permitting, said Paul Lightfoot, chief executive of BrightFarms.



For the full story, see:

Ruth Simon. "Farming Startups Have Tough Row to Hoe." The Wall Street Journal (Thurs., April 14, 2016): B1 & B6.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date April 13, 2016, and has the title "Farming Gets High Tech in Bid to Offer Locally Grown Produce.")






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