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Tag: What is being done about vertical agriculture and sustainable urban ecosystems

how vertical farming reinvents agriculture

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HowVertical Farming Reinvents Agriculture Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses,some companies stack them and grow them in old,dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.

What is vertical farming and how does it work?

Vertical farming is a form of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) that consists of fully insulated indoor operations, producing crops on multiple levels solely using electrical lighting.

What is being done about vertical agriculture and sustainable urban ecosystems?

Recently, USDA and the Department of Energy held a stakeholder workshop focused on vertical agriculture and sustainable urban ecosystems. At this workshop, field experts shared thought-provoking presentations followed by small group discussions focusing on areas such as plant breeding, pest management, and engineering.

Where can I go on a vertical farming tour?

There are several vertical farms usually near urban centers that can provide public tours. You should be able to locate facilities that can provide tours by conducting a “vertical farming” internet search of a specific U.S. city. Hello! I am a current senior in high school in Andover, KS.

How far does fresh produce travel in a vertical farm?

Generally, fresh produce grown in vertical farms travels only a few miles to reach grocery store shelves compared to conventional produce, which can travel thousands of miles by truck or plane.

What is vertical farming?

Vertical farming is a form of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) that consists of fully insulated indoor operations, producing crops on multiple levels solely using electrical lighting. Vertical farms, and CEA operations more broadly, are advertised as solutions to many environmental issues in food production in part because they are protected from the outside environment, and can be constructed in even the most extreme environments. The USDA Office of the Chief Scientist recently published a workshop report that contains more information about the potential benefits of vertical farming and CEA, as well as future areas for research and development to consider in this technology space. To learn more, you may view the Research and Development Potentials Indoor Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems workshop report (PDF, 435 KB).

What is a USDA stakeholder workshop?

Recently, USDA and the Department of Energy held a stakeholder workshop focused on vertical agriculture and sustainable urban ecosystems. At this workshop, field experts shared thought-provoking presentations followed by small group discussions focusing on areas such as plant breeding, pest management, and engineering. Workshop attendees from public and private sectors worked together to identify the challenges, needs, and opportunities for vertical farming. A report on this workshop will be released to help inform Departmental strategic planning efforts for internal research priorities at USDA and external funding opportunities for stakeholders and researchers.

How will vertical agriculture help the world?

Beyond providing fresh local produce, vertical agriculture could help increase food production and expand agricultural operations as the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. And by that same year, two out of every three people are expected to live in urban areas.

Why is the greenhouse interesting?

The way he says about the greenhouse is very interesting because if in the future they will be able to help us with our food consumption and make the population maintain itself well

Is vertical farming a solution?

Indoor and vertical farming may be part of the solution to rising demands for food and limited natural resources. Photo credit: Oasis Biotech

The future of farming is indoors

In the future, plants will be grown indoors under artificial light and been harvested many times a year in surgically clean dirt-free rooms. It’s called vertical farming and scores of companies have sprung up around the world over the last decade, usually operating out of old warehouses, factories or even recycled shipping containers.

What and how to grow

You can pretty much grow anything though most farmers will tend to focus on fast-growing high margin crops like herbs and leafy greens where the freshness and flavor impact is more immediate and able to command premium prices. Root vegetables on the other hand, with their long growing cycles, are likely to be grown outdoors for a few years yet.

Where next?

As vertical farming technologies develop and costs fall some are betting that people will want to start growing their own greens at home.