Is Vertical Farming the answer to solving overpopulation?

in #science6 years ago (edited)

A new growing sector of the Farming industry is Vertical Farming. In Vertical Farming plants can be stack on top of each over and over. You could potentially convert an acre of indoor space into 50 or 100 acres of growing space. On top of the multiplying of acreage the plants are in a temperature controlled environment so growing can be done year round. If space is not available above ground that's not a problem either because this same growing method can be applied underground.

I see this as the best option to dealing with over population, world hunger and maybe even a good option for carbon sequestration.

Abandon buildings in urban areas have the potential to be converted into major growing operations providing jobs and freshly grown food to the local community.

These controlled growing environments require much less water than traditional farming methods and since plants don't need all the light spectrum to grow these farms can use energy efficient growing lights.

This is an interesting concept of doing vertical farming outside using natural sunlight. This would be better suited for warmer climates. Storing rain water from collectors on the roof and using solar and wind power are great ideas that could be applied to all the vertical farms.

Imagine growing all your fruits and vegetable locally year round even in the coldest climates. No need to transport food half way around the world where all your food could be harvested on demands and just minutes or hours old instead of days or weeks.

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I am not sure this is a solution, but it can help.

The question being, IMO, how good this food could taste as it is grown without soil. In terroir, you have the word 'terre' which means soil :)

IMO it could just as easily be done with soil based organic methods, which would greatly reduce the complexity of the watering system.

The big benefit of vertical farming, IMO, is reducing transport time to market, and allowing year round production.

That is i deed definitely a big pro. I personally prefer eating local, even if the food is not organic according to some 'organic standards' that come from I don't know where. I like speaking wit the guy who is selling me directly what I buy.

Vertical growing WITH aquaponics is the ultimate in growing efficiency.

yup, the sky is literally the limit to how much food we can grow.

We need more of this. Just don't make me clean the fish tanks.

Hopefully the fish will do that for you.

Near me, there is a hydroponic greenhouse that raises trout for trade. Salads and trout on the menu!

That's awesome!

Is it the answer? I don't know. Is it a good idea, clearly yes.

Build vertical? Not everyone has the expertise to do that. I think the root of the problem is that people are owning less and less land which forces us to build vertical. Wouldn't it be quicker and easier to grow food in your front/back yard?

There's still plenty of problems with backyard gardens like shade/sun ratios, weather/temperature, water, pollution and insects. if you spray your lawn for weeds or even if your neighbors do that the weed killer can contaminate the soil in your garden or if you have to use tap water to water your garden those chemicals in the tap water get absorbed by the plants. In vertical farming you can eliminate most if not all those variables.

Even the most technologically advanced LED indoor lights can only come so close to mimicking the sun which is still by far your best light source. Plants have evolved alongside that exact spectrum, plus it's free.

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