FARMING IN THE
Imagine a 365- day season, without droughts, freezes or infestations.
Farewell fruited plains, hello high-rise hydroponics.
What is vertical farming?
Vertical farming is the idea of building vertically stacked farms that produce crops three times as fast, whilst using 40% less power, having 80% less food waste, and using 95% less water than outdoor fields.
Vertical farming comes with a long list of benefits and they're beyond the typical "zero sunlight and soil".
These include the removal of "seasonal" crops, considering the facilities in these farms control all environmental factors, they are capable of producing traditionally seasonal fruit, all year round.
WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT VERTICAL FARMING?
Vertical farms are weatherproof, since the crops are safe in a highly controlled environment. The produce won't be affected by weather events whether it be drought or flood.
And of course, vertical farms can grow produce at least three times as fast, this food production system also requires far less water (95% less), less resources, and less space than traditional methods.
There will 100% be no animal/human waste or bi-product in any part of the growing process.
Much Less Water
Fresh water is precious and traditional land agriculture lets over 90% of water used simply evaporate.
Vertical farming uses over 95% less water than traditional agriculture.
Traditional farmland is restricted to one level of farming
With vertical farming you could stack several levels of farms, one acre of stacked vertical farms could amount up to 19 acres of traditional farmland
Less Land & Transport
Typically, pesticides and herbicides MUST be used by traditional farming to keep produce alive and to harvest sufficient yields.
Vertical farm enclosures provide growth in controlled and clean environments, nullifying the need for any chemical treatments against pets.
Maximises available space.
Vertical farms use climate control technology, controlling the temperature and humidity, enabling year round growth for plants requiring specific growing environments.
Local production allowing for a reduction in transport, time and enables much fresher produce to be sold.
Vertical farms are bug and weed free, removing the need for pesticides from the process.
More efficient allocation of water resources. Up to 95%.
Soil-less farming is strategically important for countries with limited land. There is a diminished- or no-need for soil and fertiliser with more potential harvests per year as well as higher yields
Growing crops indoor reduces or eliminates the use of mechanical ploughs, and other equipment, thus reducing the burning of fossil fuels. This technology allows for a significant reduction in air pollution and CO2 emissions.
70% of global fresh water is used for soil-based farming. In vertical farming, 95% less fresh water is used due to aquaponics or aeroponics.
Vertical farming is strategically important to South East Asian countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong where outdoor land is limited.
Pesticides can make up for 13.5% of food contaminants responsible for food borne illness. Vertical farming not only eliminates the use of pesticides and herbicides, but there is no human or animal fecal matter present in any part of the growing process.
Local vertical farming reduces the need for long distance transport ensuring quality and diminishing costs.
With climate control technology, vertical farms can produce according to population demand rather than seasonal demands, any fruit or vegetable all year round. No more seasonal limits.
Vertical Farming: The pandemic resilient solution for Singapore
Singapore imports 98% of their fresh produce.
With the spread of COVID-19 and the limited flights, coupled with the onset of panic buying, countries that rely on imported fresh produce face a potentially devastating problem.
Vertical farming is the solution.
The spread of covid-19 has brought to light many new challenges
An important and pressing concern is whether our global food supply chain is able to withstand the impact of pandemics - now and in the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic makes the question of international reliance for fresh produe impossible to ignore. With pandemic raised issues of supply, it becomes clear that cities must find a way to increase their self sufficiency. Cities must have more resilient local food economies.
Vertical farming can shorten supply chains making them leaner, more accountable, more sustainable and more accessible, even in lock down situations.
HOW IS VERTICAL FARMING THE ANSWER?
Vertical farming is
Local production is safe and it means that production can occur in lockdown zones.
FOSTERING DISASTER RESILIENCE
Urban planning and design should incorporate vertical farming not only for promoting food security - but also for fostering disaster reliance.
"Not only locally but globally, vertical farming can serve as helping vanguards of protection for all our communities." Dr Joel L. Cuello, Vice Chair of the Association for Vertical Farming
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