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Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized Talk recommendations and more. By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You’re welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), submit a Media Request here: Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel: Related PostsFuture of Agriculture: Vertical Farms to Sustainable AquacultureAre Vertical Farms The Future Of Agriculture?Vertical Farms and the Future of AgricultureVertical Farms: Hype or The Future?What Are Indoor Farms: The Future of FarmingCan Vertical Farms Fix the Future of Food?

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  • Just Curious 9 months ago

    "Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture?"
    Regarding the mass production of carbohydrates, fats (calories) and protein, electric light will never compete against sunlight. The very energy costs would be too high.
    But regarding products with a very high price per dry matter (like cannabis, lettuce,…), it could play a major role in future.
    I suppose, one big nuclear power plant could provide enough electricity to grow lettuce for a big city.
    But should we really waste that much electricity to such unnecessary gadgetry?

  • Farrah Fox 9 months ago

    Vertical pods in the floor im going to try makeing one lol

  • 리주민 9 months ago

    Can you use fluorescent lighting too?

  • Creepy Girl 9 months ago

    I need one of these in my backyard, just need to get a house first.

  • Qi Zhang 9 months ago

    where does the energy this type of farm needed come from. from electricity which is created by burning coal and nuclear power. this is another way to destroy our planet.

  • Qi Zhang 9 months ago

    where does the energy this type of farm needed come from. from electricity which is created by burning coal and nuclear power. this is another way to destroy our planet.

  • Abdul Soleh 9 months ago

    We don't have to produce more food if we don't waste every food we had

  • timomonochrom 9 months ago

    huge amounts of plastic that will eventually end up in my food and unnecessary electricity use. No thank you. But we could produce mushrooms (do not need light) or fishtanks this way…

  • Happsy 9 months ago

    i Didn't see anything talking or relative to the low vitamin product that we do when we grow things like that. Dont get me wrong, i like this style of culture but there is a REAL issue with the % of goods in thoses. Are you aware about this ?

  • 소리빌더,English Sound Builder 9 months ago

    His English syntax a little weird… just a little. Am I the only one to feel this way? Subtle difference from native English speakers.

  • these are the farms of the future. let's build them

  • T.D. McCarty 9 months ago

    Not sure how removing the food the earth has evolved for us to consume over millions of years would go over… Pretty sure there's a symbiotic relationship between the mycelial networks in the earth's crust that regulate and dictate what ecosystems grow where and how they adapt to the environment they inhibit.. Im afraid unplugging our food from natures self regulating qualities would produce food that will evolve to lack the essential bacteria's and hormones.

  • Jānis Rišis 9 months ago

    Old stuff people grow under lamps crops for some time already

  • Mar cos 9 months ago

    What a stupid speech. It will never ever feed the global population. It is a hoax to gain money, not to feed population.

  • Noukz 9 months ago

    Too bad that in the beginning he didn't mention at all the meat and dairy industry and how much of the agriculture resources are being consumed by them. In 2050, we won't be able to afford growing and farming animals for our consumption.

  • e8iMm7KE999 9 months ago

    I can hear Greta say, ' How dare you '.

  • Cacao Scotti 9 months ago

    The way of the future.

  • Stephen Filippone 9 months ago

    So what is the calorie density of one of these operations? Calories/acre and calories/energy input?

  • Pratyush Singh 9 months ago

    This can destroy wild life some day, no need….