Vertical Farming has been in and out of the news for a decade now. It used to be regarded as just another way to squeeze extra money out of wealthy hipsters looking for a cool new lifestyle product to tell their friends about. But massive cost reductions in renewable technology combined with some serious advances in technological efficiencies have brought vertical farming closer to the mainstream and now the big money is wading in to invest in these facilities in every major city around the world.

ERRATA : Hi Folks – as many of you have pointed out, I made a mistake when I said that Ultraviolet lights are used in vertical farms. In fact, it is not ultraviolet light – that would burn the plant. It’s a mix of red and blue light, which is the part of the light spectrum that the plant absorbs. My apologies for this error.

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Aero Farms- New Jersey

New Jersey to host the world’s largest vertical farm




Aero Farms – Danville, Virginia

AeroFarms Announces Build-out of Largest Farm of its Kind in the World in Danville, Virginia

Plenty – San Francisco

2-Acre Vertical Farm Run By AI And Robots Out-Produces 720-Acre Flat Farm


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Badia Farms – Dubai, UAE
https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/environment/how-fruit-and-vegetables-grown-in-vertical-farms-could-soon-be-on-plates-in-water-scarce-countries-across-the-middle-east-1.745021

Nordic Harvest – Denmark

Denmark just opened a huge vertical farm, and it could be a sign of things to come globally


Sananbio – China
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Startups/Chinese-startup-gets-in-on-ground-floor-of-high-rise-farms
https://www.sananbious.com/vertical-farming
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wgEZg1vTdRHiQqDjafc3w

Stacked Farms – Australia
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/stacked-farms-vertical-farm-2020-6

Shoots Microgreens – Wellington, New Zealand
https://www.shoots.co.nz/
https://www.igrow.news/igrownews/new-zealand-vertical-farming-takes-off-in-former-wellington-nightclub

Rodi Vertical Farm – Kenya

RODI Kenya Uses Vertical Farming to Power Social Change

Growing fruit and veg in vertical farms
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/the-produce-company-that-supplies-google-hqs-kitchen

Growing Wheat in vertical farms
https://earther.gizmodo.com/vertical-farms-could-grow-all-the-wheat-we-need-but-at-1844521193
https://www.pnas.org/content/117/32/19131

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Dr. Jonathan Foley Article
https://globalecoguy.org/no-vertical-farms-wont-feed-the-world-5313e3e961c0

Green Biz Article
https://www.greenbiz.com/article/vertical-farming-industry-growing-deeper-roots

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  • Just Have a Think
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    Hi Folks – as many of you have pointed out, I made a mistake when I said that Ultraviolet lights are used in vertical farms. In fact, it is not ultraviolet light – that would burn the plant. It's a mix of red and blue light, which is the part of the light spectrum that the plant absorbs. My apologies for this error.

  • Mike Newport
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    Although vertical farming may be technologically efficient the end product is food made without soil, but also soul. Humans developed in equilibrium with soil, bacteria, fungi, viruses etc. Regenerative farming has shown the way to produce food with maximized nutrient density; which is said to be essential to produce healthy human beings. Having said this may I applaud you for producing such interesting and well presented videos.

  • Charles Paynter
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    A note of concern. Compared to much of modern food and farming in first world countries this method has obvious advantages as pointed out. However we should also urgently consider the new science that links healthy soil biomes and our own intestinal biomes. Producing more of our food in the absence of healthy soil biomes appears to be leading to worrying problems in our longer term health outcomes. Current agriculture and food production needs to change but this is probably not the solution it may appear to be.

  • Wayne Bynoe
    Reply

    HEY! IT'S NICE! SO! IS THIS THE SOFT LANDING!! THAT REPLACES NUTS; FRUITS; ROOTS & THE BEES HEY! THE TIME WILL B MUCH BETTER SPENT ON CRUSADING AGAINST THE PRODUCERS OF AN EVIL ENTERPRIZE CALLED LAWN PESTICIDES!! THAT'S SPRAYED ON VAST AREAS OF CUBIC NONPRODUCTIVE GREENERY WHERE ONE OF THE STAPEL FOR BEE'S ARE WILDFLOWERS! & OTHER GARDEN GROWTHS WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOW ENCOURAGED! BY STUPID ADVERTISING TO HAVE THEIR LAWNS GREENER & MORE! PRISTINE WITH ALL WILDFLOWERS GONE!! BY POISON!! WHICH YOUR BEES CONSUME! THEN MANY SHAMEFULLY WALTS ARROUND PRETENDING A MYSTERY!! REGARDING DYING BEES POPULATION[ALAS HIVE SYNDROME] YOUR GOLF COURSES & PRISTINE LAWNS ARE KILLING IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE! AS WELL AS THE PLANET SYSTEMATICALLY, SO YOUR HYDROPONICS WOULD'NT B WORTH SHIT!! FOR THE SURVIVAL OF HUMANS! WHEN ALL THE BEES THE FRUITS; NUTS & NUTRIENTS THAT COME BECAUSE OF THESE TINY CONTRIBUTORS TO THE CONTINUED VITAL EXISTENCE OF THE ANIMAL CALLED (MAN) ARE ALL POISONED OUT!! BY THIS STUPID! SABOTAGE!..NOT ONLY THAT!! YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A PLANET OF MIDGETS!!! YES! MIDGETS {BONE DISEASES WEAK BONES!! LACKING IN GROWTH! & PROPER GROWTH! COMES POOR MINERAL OR NON MINERAL DIETS!..YOU CANNOT REPLACE YOU F**KING IDIOT NATURAL ENVIRONMENT THERE ARE MANY MANY! ALGORITHMIC! VARIABLES!!& ENVARIABLES!

  • CougarW
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    The future of humanity may look a little like living in space. We'll have traditional cities, but in order to preserve (what is left of) Nature we'll need to keep ourselves to our artificial habitat. Moving as much food production into cities as possible will be a big help there. we will need to become very clever and innovative, but at least the problem is solvable at the human scale. Once we figure that part out on the ground, it will be easier to move those lessons into space as applied to living in O'Neil cylinders and the like in orbit around the Sun or Earth. Sounds far-fetched, but it isn't. It may be our single best chance at survival as we force the Earth into increasingly dire ecological collapse. Nor do we have a lot of time to figure all this out.

  • Michael james
    Reply

    Please do a video on Solar-Foods from Finland, who use bacteria to make protein from air and electricity. It's a hugely exciting venture.

  • The Desi Lifestyle
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    Fruits and vegetables grown in this manner are so much juicier than those soil-grown plants. This goes further into the topic of soil conservation because soil is a limited natural resource just like all natural resources. Prairie and forest restoration can finally happen with more vertical farms.

  • Joel Huberman
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    Many of the advances used in vertical farming can also be applied to horizontal hydroponic farming. In this connection, I want to call attention to the good work being done by Lēf Farms in Loudon, New Hampshire, USA (https://lef-farms.com/our-process/). As a New Hampshire resident, I eat Lēf greens whenever I can get hold of them. They're fresh and crisp, even after a week in the refrigerator. And they're virtually sterile, because no human hands are involved in their growth and packaging, so they can be eaten right out of the package without fear of SARS-CoV-2.

  • spetruc
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    I've built and run an aquaponic system at home for several years. A good friend of mine runs a business setting them up.

    They're tricky to run. The fish and plants have different needs and so you often end up doing both less well than doing each one separately.

    The time and space savings of doing both together are still enough to overlook those inefficiencies.

    The bigger criticism is that fish food itself is not very sustainable. It's often made up of wild caught low value seafood like krill. There's a fear that aquaponics and aquaculture puts a large strain on ocean wildlife by competing for the same food supply at the bottom of the food chain.

    Here's an interesting TED talk on sustainable aquaculture:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish/transcript?language=en

  • Michael Smith
    Reply

    Thought provoking and doable. Always been a dream of mine since I was about 40 years old. It does take capital to start though.

  • Simon Goldenberg
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    How well can rice adapt to hydroponics? It’s farmed in flooded land. If a vertical farm can grow rice, that could be a big help for Asian food supplies.

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