Vertical farming: The method that can be used to produce organic foods
Indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, are used in vertical farming, and environmental factors such as humidity, temperature, and light can be controlled by these techniques. Despommier Skyscrapers, Mixed-Use Skyscrapers and Stackable Shipping Containers are three types of vertical farming systems.
Advantages of vertical farming
Productivity is high in a much smaller area. Growing times are short, and water usage is less. When you grow crops with vertical farming methods, you will have year-round growth. Due to the crops being grown in a controlled environment, yield can be obtained throughout the year/ every season. Due to crops are grown indoors, they aren’t susceptible to damage by pests, diseases, and weather. Organic Foods can be produced due to pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers that don’t have to be used to grow plants. Vertical farming uses upward growth methods to harvest crops.
Disadvantages of vertical farming
Vertical farming is expensive due to the construction and technology costs. Therefore, people hesitate to invest in vertical farming. A lot of electricity is required for growing crops such as vegetables, grains because growers have to rely on artificial lights to encourage the growth of plants. Some traditional farmers will lose their jobs due to vertical farming could replace a lot of traditional farming jobs.
The Importance of Vertical farming
Vertical farming is important due to being a sustainable solution to cultivate food crops in urban areas. As populations increase, food demands will rise. Vertical farming can meet the food demand with the population increase.