Added by on 2018-07-23

The rise of vertical farming – (VPRO documentary – 2017). Food flats and vertical farming as an alternative to our inefficient food system: in order to do vertical farming in a sustainable way, we must integrate the food production into the urban infrastructure for a significant part. At present, our food system is inefficiently organized: our food travels many kilometers, uses a lot of water, is wasted and pollutes the environment. Nevertheless, the 7 billion inhabitants, often living in large cities, need to be fed. Food flats and vertical farming in urban agriculture are important alternatives to our current inefficient food system. Original title: Boer zoekt voedselflat To produce sufficient food for the estimated – nine billion people in 20 years, experiments with vertical farming, rooftop gardening and even sea-farming are being conducted. Food is inefficiently hauled around the world to feed cities and to provide people who live in places where no food can be grown. Two-thirds of all available fresh water is now being used for food production. Two thirds of all water pollution is caused by the use of pesticides. In order to reduce the amount of foodmiles, the distance that takes food between place of production and consumption, and prevent waste, vertical farms are emerging worldwide. The American company Aerofarms is currently the largest vertical farm in the world. In a former steel factory, looking industrial and raw from outside, and being high tech indoors, the company produces lettuce and vegetable for around 25,000 people in the neighborhood. Aerofarms is putting on this kind of vertical farms in several locations worldwide. Always in the city up to 1.5 kilometers away from a large supermarket or distribution center. But Aerofarm is not the only one. In cities where it is difficult to supply enough fresh food, local […]

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5 Comments

  • Ad Space Brokers.com 4 months ago

    Beautiful Idea.

  • Conception TV 4 months ago

    We'll need this kind of thinking to solve the food production challenges of tomorrow.

  • Bob Smith 4 months ago

    So max of 500 heads of lettuce per week, and I believe I can buy a head of lettuce at my grocery store for about $1.00, so lets say income is $500 a week before expenses, which are going to be significant. Sounds like will need a lot of trailers to come close to breaking even in my opinion.

  • in Valhalla神様 4 months ago

    My only problem with this and other projects like it is that is seems that they can produce lettuce and that is about it. Nevertheless, keep innovating.

  • Thomas Rozmus 4 months ago

    How much for one of these containers?