Currently, we have over 7 billion people living on our planet. This number is estimated to continue to grow with no signs of slowing down. If you’re in the food sector, you’re probably aware of the growing food needs of this population. How do we keep up with the demand, while also protecting and respecting our planet?
Vertical farming, sometimes called indoor or urban farming, refers to producing food in an indoor environment – using layers of plants to maximize space while controlling factors such as humidity, light, water, temperature and nutrients, Indoor vertical farming stacks can produce higher yields while using less water and soil, compared to traditional agriculture.
Use 95% less water than traditional agriculture
Can save on CO2 emissions, as they can be used anywhere regardless of weather conditions
Reduce the number of “food miles” associated with growing crops
Can produce as much as 20 times more lettuce compared to an agricultural field
Produce a per-acre average yield of vine crops that is 10 times higher compared to outdoor farms
Can reduce labor costs by using robotics and conveyors
For ways to optimize your vertical farming system, continue reading the infographic below: