by Saloni WalimbeJuly 4, 2021
The concept of vertical farming has been gaining popularity for a while now. According to estimates from the United Nations, the global population is expected to witness a massive surge from 7.8 billion to 9.7 billion over 2020-2050. A rising number of urban dwellings may define this population explosion – almost two-third of this number will likely be residing in urban areas. Increasing industrialization has also led to an increase in income levels in recent years.
The acute need for sustainability in the current landscape is expected to drive this revolutionary technology, that is far more conducive to the environment than its conventional counterpart. Vertical farming techniques allow for the production of nearly 240 times the crop yields of conventional farms, requiring 99% less land use and 98% less water consumption. Vertical farming operates on controlled environmental resources and can also be undertaken in agriculturally unfavorable locations, such as shipping containers, vacant warehouses, skyscrapers, and more since they are stacked vertically rather than spread across an expanse of land.