During this period of climate crisis, rapid population growth and ever increasing environmental concerns, vertical farming is fast becoming a solution that may one day dominate global food production. With LED lights replacing sunshine, in climate-controlled environments, vertical farms can grow edibles day and night, in all weathers – thus increasing yields dramatically. A single acre of vertical farm can theoretically provide the equivalent yield output of between ten and one hundred acres of conventional farmland. Furthermore the ease with which vertical farms can be established in urban settings reduces both transportation costs and demand for agricultural land.
Recently we have seen huge increases in the cost of global energy, which naturally puts economic pressure on vertical farms with their need to maintain temperatures and illuminate their crops. When does the cost of energy become prohibitive to such endeavours? Vertical farms may well be 95% less reliant on water as part of their eco-friendly daily operations but how will they function as profitable businesses in this era of expensive power? Any attempt to rely on solar panels to generate renewable power would surely run counter to the idea that vertical farming saves space?
Vertical Farming Today monitors the continued growth and development of the global vertical farming industry and other areas of indoor agriculture, providing technology news, features and interviews for those interested in, and involved with, this rapidly evolving sector. I hope you enjoy visiting regularly and finding out more about this food production solution.
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