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Vertical Farming has come a long way since the original series was posted 3 years ago, and there have been many developments that are shaping the future of the industry. Whether it’s large scale plant factories, community urban farms, or even new types of farm, the size of vending machines, and even vertical farms at home, the way we grow is changing.

But it’s not just the way we grow, what we grow is also changing. Vertical Farms are adding new crop types like tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and many other types of fruits and vegetables, and this change has happened sooner than the original series projected.

But to really have a significant impact on the global challenges of climate change, food security and water security, we will have to grow energy intensive crops like wheat and rice in vertical farms.

Are we on track to meet this challenge, or is vertical farming struggling to improve its energy efficiency? Is vertical farming closer to changing the world?

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  • Alex Rossouw

    "Purple" light is crap: plants do green light and they use it very well. Chlorophyl isn't the only pigment in plants that is capable of photosynthesis. White light sources are much better than red + blue alone. Green light has serious penetrative power with tall gardens, it's the best light to reach deep inside leaves and foliage (where only green light makes it past all that chlorophyl), everything is green down there anyways, esp in vertical gardens.

  • Nohbdy Ahtall

    Oh my goodness thank you for these amazing videos, so glad to see the updated info and referencing the data from the previous.

  • Suchiththa W

    I honestly think that home growing needs to be a large component of this. Saw a Earth Ship home a little while back that had it's own "mush room" which used the steam from the shower to keep the mushrooms well hydrated. Indoor growing, home designs that make better use of natural light and solar energy capture are definitely part of this puzzle!

  • Shawn Fisher

    Please make a growing at home video, that would be amazing! The way out of the detriments of the globalized farming system would be to leverage smart tech at small scale. When people can grow at home, they will know their food like never before, watching grow from seed to harvest everyday. Complete control over their food, and a level of freshness impossible to beat. We should all be farmers and grow food at home!

    Next, we need to build all our stuff out of plants!

  • AMB

    Thank you for the update video, I enjoyed watching it.

    A new technology that could accelerate progress is a UK company called 'Infinite Power'. They go commercial in 2022. They advertise the ability to generate green electricity 24/7 for decades with little or no maintenance and it will be the cheapest way of generating power ever.

    Very simply they have modified a solar panel and put it in a metal box with a radioactive stick. The 'solar' panel generates power from the radiation. A 1m cubed box will generate around 10kw and is modular so stack them together and you've got yourself a power station that can be built anywhere in the world. They've done all the R&D and prototypes made. The first factory is currently being built. It has the potential to make wind and solar obsolete and remove the need for grid storage batteries.

  • Vanessa Lam

    your vertical farming series made me want to pursue engineering 2 years ago and now I'm going into my first year of engineering at cambridge !!

  • Kagiso Lekoa

    1) Around 15:00 he mentioned "seed development". Does this mean these indoor crops are/may have to be genetically modified??

    2) Not trying to be negative or anything but from what I understand, manufacturing solar panels produces a lot of greenhouse gases which contain toxic chemicals harmful to the environment. To recycle them uses up a lot of energy extracting those materials which adds to the greenhouse gasses.

    This is an amazing concept and I only wish I had learned of it years back because I would have probably chosen a different career course. Hopefully we will have found a more viable sources of environmentally friendly energy in the next few years.

  • hawaiisunfun

    the reason why vertical farming got off to a slow start is because the MIT open ag project failed and had scandals that blew the industry back. Now the industry has to slowly create that data on their own, and while it's slow – they're doing it and it creates exponential success, as it's shared and applies to other crops not studied.

  • hawaiisunfun

    I love aerofarms! It's on the stock market and its stock price is going up – SV. It's going through a merger in a few days and will be ARFM soon!

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