Vertical Farming

The United Nations predicts that global population will exceed over 9 billion people by the year 2050. With the increased amount of people in our world also comes the understanding that all of these people need to eat!The question remains, what can we do to help with a growing population and resources becoming limited? On an interview with Charles Duboc provided by FoodTank, they were in discussion with how different farming techniques could be used to help with the increasing population. One main question being asked , “Can you explain some of the groundbreaking farming methods that you came across?” He responds, “Of course! We explored a bunch, especially looking for stand out ones in terms of the impact they could have and the progress that we have made thus far. Obviously vertical farming, which is quite a trendy topic. Definitely one that has been the source of a lively debate, especially around admissions fee and implement ability. But it is really an interesting one because of its ability to take place almost anywhere.”  What Vertical Farming is in Lehman’s terms is taking large fields of crops and more or less stacking them on each other to have a space that takes up less room in more urban areas and have be shown to be more controlled with less resources being used. As the picture shows, it creates somewhat of a drip system where water from top soil will drip down onto the lower soils and so on. With the new techniques and renewable energy that are being introduced to this way of farming, this seems to be a great thing for people to be involved with in the years to come. Help with the movement towards a more sustainable way of farming before its too late to have food for ourselves!

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