“Vertical Farming” is one of these terms you surely read from time to time, probably without exactly knowing what it really is. This is the reason why we decided to do some research and dive into this quite complex topic.
Vertical Farming or vertical agriculture facilitates viable agricultural production inside buildings, especially in the metropolitan areas of our cities (VFI). Though the idea seems very new, the origins of this concept go back to the beginning of the last century. Geologist Gilbert Ellis Baily named this process after agricultural practices in Asia – as people there were farming their rice fields in vertical layers.
Vertical farming has potential to secure the future of food in the context of global challenges. As world population continues to grow, arable lands are falling victims to inevitable urbanization and the climate crisis is becoming a reality, humanity faces a rough road. We cannot afford further expansions of farm lands, have to increase yields, reduce water and energy usage, and cut on CO2 emissions. We also have to adapt to the weather conditions that are getting more extreme.
All this can be implemented by introducing vertically stacked layers of plants in closed spaces. By using modern farming techniques, and controlling external factors such as temperature, light and humidity, optimal conditions are created. Vertical farms bring fresh, locally grown products straight to your table.
You will have an opportunity to learn more about vertical farming from Daniel Podmirseg, founder of the Vertical Farm Institute, who will be one of the speakers at the Future of Food event. Don’t forget to register!
Written by Aleksandra Kirpenko