The concept of urban farming has really taken off of late, with people concerned with freshness and frightened of the growing problem of food deserts--cities that rely on importing food because they have nowhere to grow their own. In 1920, PopSci suggested bringing country chickens to the big city, where they'd be closer to the people who were actually eating them.
"The logical place to run a future poultry farm will be in a building in the city in which the product is to be consumed," our writer said. Of course, his suggestion was also characterized by the cramped conditions of factory farming ("thirty thousand eggs occupying a space scarcely larger than a hall bedroom"), so it's hardly perfect. But the idea of a "chicken skyscraper" almost sounds like a vertical farm, a concept that still fascinates us today.
Read the full story in The Skyscraper Chicken Farm.