By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population
will reside in urban centers. The human population will
increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An
estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more
land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be
needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional
farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At
present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that
is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and
NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid
waste by poor management practices. What can be done
to avoid this impending disaster? (verticalfarm.com)
Vertical farming is an agricultural
technique involving large-scale agriculture
in urban-high rises or "farm scrapers".
Using advanced technology and
greenhouse methods such as hydroponics,
these buildings would produce fruit,
vegetables, edible mushrooms and algae
A single vertical farm that will occupy
about one square block of a city and be
elevated up to 30 stories can provide
enough food to supply the needs of
about 10,000 people. Constructing
these vertical farm units will develop a
closed in system where everything
needed by plants and vegetables to
thrive will be recycled within the
building. It aims to generate energy,
maintain a pesticide-free farming
technology, effective waste
management as a means of sustaining
food production all within one building.
Decreases deforestation and desertification from over
planting of crop fields.
Provides organic food for the growing population while
taking the strain off of the environment.
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