One of the biggest challenges that humanity has to face in the coming years is finding effective ways to feed the growing masses, and many experts believe that the answer lies in an alternative system of food production: vertical farming.
Vertical farming, also referred to as controlled environment agriculture (CEA), is a revolutionary approach to growing nutritious and high-quantity agricultural products without relying on resources used in traditional farming methods.
The absence of the typical means needed to grow a healthy produce is not a problem for this alternative farming system, thanks to its reliable nutrient delivery technology and innovative lighting, these controlled farming environments can provide more crop rotations ever year than a tradition farm – without using the same amount of water and area of agricultural land.
Vertical farming is well known to be a more practical and environment-friendly option especially in the urban locations. More importantly, this kind of food production doesn’t require skilled labor.
Most vertical farming setup uses LED lighting technology that enables minimum power usage while providing maximum plant growth. In addition, since vertical farm systems are entirely automated and has strong biosecurity procedures against common pests and disease attacks, their harvesting and tending processes don’t include harmful pesticides and foliar sprays.
One major economic advantage of vertical farming is its adaptability to be established in any geographic location in the world, regardless of the climate. In other words, it allows economically strategic positioning of farming facilities to make it closer and easily accessible to distribution hubs, eliminating expensive transport and storage costs.
The future challenges of feeding a growing population can be faced head on, thanks to the stability that this secure agricultural production system offers.