How often do you think of the global population? There are currently 7 billion people living on earth, with some estimates of that growing to 11 billion in less than 30 years. If you’re a farmer or interested in farming, you’re probably aware of the growing need to produce our world’s food. With the demand for food only increasing, we need new ways to produce more, in a more efficient manner, while also protecting our planet. That’s where vertical farming comes into play.
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.
Vertical Farming has a myriad of advantages over more traditional ways of growing food. Vertical farming uses 95% less water, it emits less CO2 emissions by reducing the number of “food miles” in its process, and it can greatly reduce labor costs by using conveyors and robotics.
This industry was worth $1.5 billion back in 2016; that number is estimated to grow to $6.4 billion in less than two years (by 2023). For ways to optimize your vertical farming system, continue reading the infographic below: