Vertical Farming for Local Food

Vertical Farming for Local Food

January 20, 2020

As the world’s population grows and people move towards urban areas, locally sourced fresh produce will become more important.

One possible approach is vertical farming with hydroponic agriculture.  Vertical farming would involve using an enclosed facility and growing crops in vertically stacked layers.  In this climate-controlled environment, crops could be grown year-round.  Everything could be controlled to insure optimal production of crops.

The primary approach with vertical farming is to grow the crops hydroponically.  In this approach, a water solution containing the required nutrients is provided to the plants.

Video Spotlight: Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works

This post is based on article, This is where the food of the future will be grown: Vertical farms offer a number of significant advantages–and they help conserve precious resources, by Eileen Abbot, January 1, 2020, and the YouTube video, Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works, by The B1M, March 6, 2019. Image source: © Bert Hoferichter / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. What supply chain advantages does vertical farming offer?

Guidance: Vertical farming offers several supply chain advantages.  The first is crops that can be grown closer to urban centers, without requiring farmland that Continue reading