Vertical farming: is it the wave of the future, or is it a fad that will fade with time?
If you’ve never heard of vertical farming, you’re not alone. Until my daughter, who is something of an environment fanatic, did a report on it for school, I’d never heard of it either. It’s actually quite the interesting concept, re-purposing old parking structures in urban areas into multi-layer farms. That was the focus of my daughter’s report.
In doing my own research, I discovered that the indoor farming utilized in vertical farming is pretty much all inclusive.
In addition to the benefit of year round crops offered by the protected nature of farming inside, almost everything is reused in some way — even the methane gas given off by the composting of inedible parts of plants and animals. That gas is used for energy, rather than being left to further pollute our air. The water that is used, is recycled pretty much the same way nature does, through evaporation — though, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how, exactly, they manage to do it.
According to verticalfarmdotcom, vertical farming virtually eliminates worries about weather related crop failures, severely reduces infectious diseases in the plants and animals, reduces the use of fossil fuels — given that they don’t use tractors, plows, and the like — all of which add up to higher food production from a smaller horizontal space, and a cleaner world for all of us to live and breathe in.
My vote: vertical farming is the wave of the future. What’s yours?