To keep up with the growing population and demands in the world, we need to be able to double the current food supply output. But how do we do that? Through food/ag tech.
Earlier, when we needed more space and farms, we simply cleared off more land. This is not an option today where we must not destroy possible natural resources. Thus, companies are now starting to develop vertical farming. This is greatly increasing in the way to produce more food, especially in urban areas. Already, companies in Detroit, Newark, Wyoming, and too many places to name, are developing vertical farming methods. And it’s not only limited to the U.S., but also to Seoul, Singapore, and many places all over the world.
So what is vertical farming? Vertical farming is cultivating plants inside skyscraper greenhouses. This environment can be run on solar energy or wind turbines. In this environment, plants can be monitored for watering and nutrient content. Also, much like a greenhouse, indoor farming can be used year-round. With monitoring, many plant diseases and spoilage would be discovered before they could spread. And with more vertical farms around cities, food won’t have to travel as far, which reduces energy waste and increases our health by keeping our food fresher.
If you are visiting the U.S. Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015, which begins this month, you can see this vertical farming technology for yourself. The entire front façade of the U.S. Pavilion is a 7,200 square foot vertical farm growing 42 types of vegetables, grains and herbs with advanced hydroponics. You might just be catching a glimpse of where your food will be coming from in the future.
Heather Jonasson is an authentic Texas girl, proponent of fresh food for all, and very interested in seeing a better and cleaner supply of plants brought into more cities. She is the twitter expert at Feeding The Accelerator. You can follow her at @FeedAccelerator and @heatheraudrey