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Vertical farming is the method of producing food and medicine in-vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated into other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container).
Vertical farming firms are able to produce crops all year-round, reduce the use of fossil fuels since machines to transport crops are not required, and water is recycled from vertical layer to vertical layer, leaving neither soil nor water unused.
Advantages of Vertical Farming
Counteracting the future population growth:
It is estimated that 2050 our population would have grown to more than 9 billion that is an extra 3 billion people to feed compared to today, in order to fulfil this demand for food we need land to grow our crops on as you can imagine current levels of production will not be sufficient.
With Vertical Farming, we are able to build upwards instead of sideways in order to maximize space and deliver excellent yields on crops.
Research shows vertical farming techniques can produce crops year-round. This multiplies the productivity of the farmed surface by a factor of 4 to 6 depending on the crop. With crops such as strawberries, the factor can be a lot higher and some experts have estimated 30 times higher.
Furthermore, as we predict most of the crops would be consumed where they are grown, this should reduce spoilage, infestation and energy needs. Globally some 30% of harvested crops are wasted due to spoilage and infestation, though this number is much lower in developed nations.
Evidence suggests that dwarf versions of crops for example dwarf wheat, year-round crops and plant holders are accounted for, a 30-floor building with a base of 5 acres would yield a yearly crop similar to that of 2,400 acres of traditional farming. This can greatly increase the impact we have on the worlds poorest communities and emergency food aid relief.
Crops that are grown in traditional outdoor farming very much depend on good weather conditions or specific weather conditions which support their development, and can be damaged or destroyed by temperature, rain, monsoon, hailstorms, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and drought.
Vertical Farming can be adapted so that productivity is mostly independent of weather, although earthquakes and tornadoes can potentially still pose threats.
Conservation of land and resources
Vertical farming can be used to reduce the amount of farmland used, this would help save many natural resources and reduce the use of natural resources. Deforestation and desertification can be avoided. Producing food indoors reduces or eliminates conventional working of the land, planting, and harvesting by farm machinery, protecting soil and reducing emissions.
Preservation of human health
Traditional farming can be a risk to human health for those working on the farm. Such risks include exposure to infectious diseases such as Malaria and Schistosomes, exposure to toxic pesticides and fungicides, confrontations with wildlife such as venomous snakes, and injuries that can occur when using large industrial farming equipment. Vertical Farming can help reduce some of these risks.
The current food system makes unhealthy food cheap while fresh produce is more expensive, encouraging poor eating habits. These habits lead to health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, which we would like to help avoid as a charity and encourage healthy living from the offset.
Reduction of poverty
Food security is one of the primary factors leading to absolute poverty. Constructing farms will allow continued growth of culturally significant food items without sacrificing sustainability or basic needs, which can be significant to the recovery of society from poverty.
Renewable and sustainable ways to produce
Vertical farms could exploit methane digesters to generate energy. Methane digesters could be built on site to transform the organic waste generated at the farm into biogas that is generally composed of 65% methane along with other gases. This biogas could then be burned to generate electricity for the greenhouse. This is only one of the many different tricks of the trade that can be used to be more energy efficient. The example in our project we are proposing to use sheets to collect water moisture and make sure that if in case there is a drought the farm always has water to give to the crops.
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