Food security will be the greatest challenge to civilization this century. Climate changes and drought cycles do not make it easier.
- In 2050, we are expected to reach a population of 9.7 billion.
- Over the last 40 years, we have lost 1/3 of all arable land.
- A quarter of the population is facing a looming water crisis.
- Agriculture accounts for about 70% of global water abstraction.
the same time as
- Food production is estimated to need to increase by 50% by 2050.
Imagine being able to produce a broad range of produce in a controlled environment in high density that outperforms any other form of farming in terms of yield and nutritional value and is herbicide and pesticide free.
Also imagine being able to place these strategically so that they are close to the markets in places previously not possible.
The main advantages for utilizing vertical and horizontal hydroponic farming are:
Reliable year-round crop production. Because the climate in the tunnels is controlled, consistent year-round crop production for 12 months is the norm with very little dependence on the weather.
Better use of space. It goes without saying that traditional farms need large blocks fertile arable land. But hydroponic greenhouse farms have a very small footprint and can be designed and built for any climate or location - irrespective of weather conditions, temperature, or soil quality.
Minimise water usage. Hydroponic growth process uses about 10% of the water, nutrients, and fertilisers of that of traditional farms. Because the water is clean after usage, it also allows reuse of the water, reducing costs and minimising waste.
Environmentally friendly. Indoor farming is good for the environment because it reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed for farming equipment which is not required to sow, fertilize, weed or harvest crops.
No chemicals or pesticides. Growing food in a greenhouse, when managed correctly, offers the opportunity to eliminate the need for pesticides - as pests cannot enter the controlled environment to cause crop damage and fungal diseases struggle to gain a foot hold as humidity levels are managed.
Reduce transport costs. Because of the small footprint and that there is no need for quality soil, the farm can be near to the city markets.
Safe for staff. Traditional farming has gained an unwanted reputation for being a workplace full of health and safety risks. With no heavy machinery or chemicals used for indoor farming, it does not have the same occupational hazards.
Local production keeps the produce fresh longer and is more nutritious.
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