Vertical Farming Goes High Tech
There’s a revolution going on in world of healthy eating and it has changed the role of the traditional farmer. Instead of the dirty and unhealthy way of the multinational factory farms, entrepreneurs have taken to using high technology to grow our food. The future now belongs to indoor vertical farms.
indoor vertical agriculture has sprouted up all over the world. Using the latest high tech growing systems, would-be start-up farmers have started buying up large industrial warehouses and have converted them into huge hydroponic farms growing nutrient dense vegetables that are not subject to the forces of nature such as rain, soil erosion, and drought.
As it gets harder and harder to feed the growing population, indoor vertical farms have become the world’s best option for healthier and nutrient dense food. The growing need for arable land to farm has been neutralized by growing food indoors which cuts the carbon footprint of conventional farming methods yet still meets the demand for fresh produce.
Vertical farming has made it easier for everyone to start growing their own fresh and healthy food. By empowering individuals and entrepreneurs to take the initiative and bring this new technology to the masses, we can help ease the burden on traditional farmers. People in cities can now help shape this new technology and bring nutrient dense food to the urban population without the cost of transportation and use of land needed for living space.
Indoor Vertical Agriculture Eases The Looming Food Crises
Indoor vertical agriculture eliminates the need for excessive pesticide use which makes growing organic food much easier and more cost efficient. It also reduces the spoilage that inevitably occurs when shipping produce across long distances. Many of these start-up farms have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in new technologies such as high-intensity LED lights consisting of blue and red lights which are the optimal lights for photosynthesis in green vegetables.
Some companies have even gone into the seed business by identifying seeds which respond the best to LED lighting. Growers then fine tune the LED lights to match what each plant requires thereby speeding up the growing cycle. These plants use over 95% less water than conventional farms and produce more food all year long.
This technology is still in it’s infancy yet growers can now ship their food in pods that contain their own micro climates. This is done by using networked sensors inside the containers that use temperature gauges, inbox irrigation, special LED lights, and CO2 sensors that maintain the levels of fertilizers, water, and amount of nutrients in the water.
Farmers can now grow nutritious food in a sustainable way while using supplement field farms and greenhouses to produce fresh food. Indoor vertical farming can be used in crowded urban areas, during the cold winter months, and in most of the impoverished parts of the world
Computers Make Hydroponic Growing Easier Than Ever
This networked technology has also changed traditional farming methods for the better by installing GPS guided systems in tractors and drones and using new computer models to customize how each part of the farm is used. Farmers now depend on technology to measure and map out the farm grid to get the most out of every seed that is planted.
By understanding and utilizing modern digital information, farmers can now measure the amount of acidity and nitrogen levels in the plants and use fertilizer where it’s needed instead of spraying the whole farm thereby saving time, money and keeping fertilizer runoff to a minimum. This has cut labor and fertilizer costs up to 65% and has doubled crop yields. These measure wind speed, soil dryness and erosion as well as monitor plant health which produces better and healthier food for the general public. This type of innovation has led to better prices for consumers as well as avoiding the unhealthy use of GMO created food.
As technology better adapts to learning new ways to produce nutrient dense food, the idea of conventional farming methods will go the way of the horse and buggy. Even now, the use of robotics has become commonplace in many high tech farms. These robots are used to spread nitrogen to those plants that need it as well as harvesting at a greater rate than equipment that uses the old inefficient gas engines. Soon, robots will be able to monitor every plant and seed on a farm in every type of weather helping to get the most out of every inch of land.
Healthy eating has gone high tech but as long as we employ the proper techniques and stay away from altering the plants DNA we will have enough healthy food to feed the entire world’s population. Indoor vertical farms can take care of that at a fraction of the cost.