Call it trend or whatever you want, but the concept of growing food in an urban setting is pretty cool. Whether it’s raising fish or growing vegetables indoors, urban food production is here to stay in Chicago.

One such place where this is happening is The Plant, a net-zero-energy food-business incubator on the Southwest Side of Chicago.
John Edel, the founder, has transformed a former pork-packing plant into a place that will hopefully house businesses that will produce their own energy by just recycling and reusing their waste.

So imagine a entire building with businesses that are self-sustaining and producing food products that turn a profit. That is pretty amazing. Not only is this concept saving energy and the environment, but it saves and reuses buildings and plants from Chicago’s old industrial past.

This kind of trend is something we should all want to keep going.