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Vertical Farming - Greenhouse Farming
Vertical farming is a proposal to build high rise buildings within urban areas to enable the growing of food crops to help avoid the impending food shortage which is envisaged in the near future. It is thought that by the year 2050 the worlds population will have grown by a further 3 billion people and with more land needed than is available to grow the crops needed to feed everybody, ideas have to be considered to how these extra crops can be grown. Vertical farming could provide year round food production and better crop production, being able to yield more produce by area like for like compared to traditional horizontal farming. To put in a nutshell vertical farming is like a high rise greenhouse, sometimes having the label farmscrapers.
Vertical Farming Introduction - Interview with Dickson Despommier
A Farm In A Greenhouse ? - Is vertical farming plausable ?
The basics behind indoor farming are nothing new when you consider, for example, tomatoes and such have been nurtured in greenhouses for decades, however to move forward the basics to indoor farming have to progress and utilise modern technologies if they are to benefit the future increases in world population. The idea of a farmscraper in a central urban area may not be that far away, with the intention of being very cheap to build, whilst safe to operate, being very eco friendly and having numerous other advantages such as no crop failures due to weather enabling year round harvests and eliminating other pollutants such as emmissions from farm machinery and transportation, a vast reduction of pesticides and fertilizers perhaps a farm in a greenhouse isn't such a bad concept.....
Vertical Farming Advantages
No crop failures due to weather / climate or pests
Vertical farming uses no fertilizers, herbiscides or pesticides
Hydroponics is the name given to a method for growing plants without the use of soil, instead using mineral nutrient solutions to promote growth. In the 19th century it was found that plants did not actually need soil for growth and that the soil only acted as a channel for the plants to feed from the mineral nutrients they found in water. The history of hydroponics dates well back, and this is not a new technology with the earliest published work being in 1627 although hydroponics have moved on a long way since then.
For a great UK based website regarding hydroponics please visit hydroponics plant growing
For a more in depth article regarding hydropnics please see the wikipedia article - Hydroponics
Vertical Farming Virtual Tour - Take a virtual look at what vertical farming could look like
Vertical Farming Pictures
Just imagine this !
Just imagine one of these popping up in your city centre, very futuristic looking, but are these the farms of the future ? It is thought that to feed the pending population growth, land bigger than the country of Brazil will be needed if we continue to use existing horizontal farming techniques and with 80% of available land for crop growing already being used the maths just don't add up to continue as we are doing, so the prospect of seeing one of these types of high rise farmscrapers is becoming more plausable day to day.
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Vertical Farming - Is This The Answer ?
What are your thoughts on vertical farming, is this the answer to the pending food shortage the world faces or is this just a pie in the sky notion which will fade out in time. We maybe all need to think about where the food is going to come from as the worlds population booms and maybe you have another suggestion. Feel free to leave your comments and don't worry you don't have to be a registered squidoo member to participate
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Is vertical farming the answer to bigger better food crops ?
Vertical Farming In Action - An existing vertical farm
More Vertical Farming Advantages
Crop production year round and better yields. One vertical farm acre is, on average equal to around 4-6 horizontal acres depending on crop. For strawberries the ratio is 1:30 !
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