Farming, an activity usually reserved for rural areas, might soon take to the cities ““ vertically.
By the year 2050, the world’s population is estimated to reach a staggering 9 billion, requiring the production of at least 70 percent more food to meet the average global consumption. This rapid growth in population has put a new item of business on the table when it comes to food. It’s become imperative that the way we grow our food is effective and efficient. A spoiled crop would be a major blow. A drought? Catastrophic.
By 2050, the world will be in dire need of an innovative solution. One such solution is vertical farming, an agricultural technique that relies on hydroponics (placing seeds in a solution of minerals dissolved in water) to grow crops year-round. The farming takes place in greenhouses stacked one on top of the other to create a massive greenhouse skyscraper capable of feeding thousands.
Moving food production into bustling cities seems like a monumental task but this idea could prevent future food shortages in an environmentally sound way. And it turns out he’s not the only one.
Many vertical farm building designs have been created over the past few years, all modern architectural feats and more visually striking than the next, but the question remains: are these buildings the best solution to avoiding global food shortages?
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of vertical farming and how it could potentially affect the way we lead our lives…
1. Grow what you want: In demand fruits and veggies can be grown all year round despite changes in weather
2. Know your food is pesticide free: Instead of worrying about whether or not your food will make you sick, this all organic approach promises fresh and toxin-free produce
3.Reconnect with nature: If you’ve ever had the desire to work the land, you’re in luck. The title of “urban farmer” might be a legitimate occupation in the near future.
4.Preserve the environment: Rather than having to venture into the rainforest and harm the last few remaining untouched parts of the earth, we can help preserve the environment and grow our food in cities.
5. More Affordable Produce: Although start up costs are high, it is a cost effective model that will save money down the line.