As we migrate to urban conurbations in growing numbers and populations increase, the mega cities of the future face many issues from societal inclusion and integration, to health, employment and food production systems fit for this future challenge.
V-Farm vertical farming allows for faster, more controlled production, irrespective of season enabling greater future food security, as production through such controlled systems is not vulnerable to variability of factors such as climate or pests and pathogens. Furthermore, V-Farm can be deployed in redundant urban and peri-urban infrastructure and taking advantage of low value land otherwise unavailable for conventional food production.
Through funded community action projects it can also be a vehicle for social change through integration, improved health, wellbeing and training leading to entrepreneurship. It can oer an agent for change in both tower dwelling and remote rural communities.
Vertical Farming is thus regarded as a realistic future farming system, which may offer the stable model needed for future food production, to provide for the 3 billion increase in population and population migration predicted by 2050.
“Whilst at first glance growing inside closed environments, independent from the natural sunlight, may appear counter productive, in extreme temperature climates it is the environmental control, not the light costs that are critical. Added to this, humidity control in such climates is often even more difficult than temperature control, leading to poor yield performances compared to more moderate climates where light levels would be seen as less favourable in an insulated, highly energy-efficient growing space the V-Farm system enables optimal, precise growing conditions to be maintained at all times, irrelevant of the outside weather conditions. Once you are inside the unit, you could be in an arctic science research station or a Saharan desert oil field operation. You - and most critically the plants – would have no idea. They are in plant heaven, and will reward you accordingly with the best possible produce for yield, quality and flavour.”
Dr Phillip Lee - Evolve Growing Solutions