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Vertical Farming and The Future of Agriculture

The Guardian reports that 50% more food needs to be grown by 2050 to sustain our growing population. However, the same article admits that traditional forms of farming have generated “25% of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions”. Therefore, in order to continue providing enough sustenance for our ever-growing population, new techniques need to be developed that produce the required amount of food; while being environmentally savvy. That is where Vertical Farming comes in. Using less water, soil and harsh lighting, could this be the answer to our farming dilemma?

What Is Vertical Farming?

 

That is where Vertical Farming comes in. Using less water, soil and harsh lighting, could this be the answer to our farming dilemma? This professor believes that if we take hold of this initiative, the world will be a much more healthy place.

Why Invest In Vertical Farming?

The beauty of vertical farming (also known as indoor farming) is that you don’t have to import vegetables to your local area. Through growing your own greenery on-site, you are guaranteed fresher produce. This process has been in operation in Singapore for three years and has been extremely successful so far. As Asia’s second smallest country, they have had to rely on importing their goods in the past. Thanks to this innovative scheme, however, the country is now independently sourcing their own fresh food.


 

In addition to producing fresh food literally on your doorstep, therefore saving on fossil fuel that would otherwise be used for transportation, vertical farming takes environmentally friendliness even further. The system used in this video reduces the amount of water needed to produce healthy vegetables, with the process overall using as much as 90% less water than traditional farming methods.

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/lettuce/

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/lettuce/

For vegetables like lettuce, the use of LED lights enables vertical farms to grow produce without compromising on quality or worrying about the weather turning. According to VeggieFresh LED, the use of LED lighting to aid plant growth can be used for fruits, vegetables and herbs; making it an all-round brilliant option.

What To Consider

 

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vertical_farm2.jpg

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vertical_farm2.jpg

When it comes to creating your vertical farm, there are a variety of commercial designs that have already been noticed. However, it is always recommended to utilise a company that is well versed in quality commercial construction; as they will be able to make recommendations based around your specific requirements.

At Southcon Ltd, we have almost a decade’s worth of experience operating throughout the agricultural market. With attention to detail and dedication to ensuring efficient project management at all times, you can rely on us to deliver the highest quality steel frame building to suit your budget. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help set you up with your very own vertical farm.

Sources:

Lettuce Picture: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/lettuce/
Vertical Farming Picture: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vertical_farm2.jpg

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