GLOBAL VERTICAL FARM MARKET
Current applications of vertical farming coupled with other state-of-the-art technologies, such as specialised LED lights, have resulted in over 10 x the crop yield than we would receive through traditional farming methods.
Even the global pandemic has valuable lessons to teach. Panic buying and transportation difficulties were inevitable followed by food shortages, all of which were largely unnecessary had we all been better prepared.
The global pandemic has demonstrated the vital need for every nation to generate vertical and urban farming units near to centres of population.
THE UK WAS PROVEN TO BE VULNERABLE
Vertical/urban farming could make a significant and positive impact in terms of having fresh nutritious produce available 365 days a year, and without the added carbon cost of excessive transportation.
More than 50% of the food in the UK is imported.
There are many advantages of applying vertical farming methods:
- Allows maximum yield crop
- Offers a reliable harvest – consistent and scheduled – no seasonal variations
- Not affected by weather or climatic conditions
- Food can be grown in areas regarded unsuitable for agriculture, e.g. urban areas
- Growing cycle 24/7 throughout the day and night
- Providing system integrity is maintained, it is not affected by airborne diseases
- Unaffected by soil conditions
- Unaffected by insect attack
- Transportation costs eradicated
- Minimal water usage
- A small footprint required compared with standard agriculture
- No pesticides required
- Food can be picked for table in an instant
- The food is organic, healthier, safer and eco-friendly
“According to Savills in October 2019, “87% of the UK population
would buy a product with an environmental benefit”.
FEEDING LOCALLY, FEEDING GLOBALLY
Global population increase – With this continuing trend, the current land required to feed 7.2 billion people equates to the size of South America.
Food shortages – Many areas of the world currently suffer from such shortages, and economic pressures are resulting in staple foods such as wheat, rice and corn, becoming more expensive. Within the next 5-10 years, food shortages will affect many more people.
Global warming and natural disasters – With crops being destroyed and land rendered unsuitable for growing food (many areas also having little water), there is an inability to grow quantities of food reliably.
“By 2050” trends – The predicted population will increase to 9 billion and unless radical changes occur in growing methods, there may not be enough growing space to produce enough food available to feed everyone.
We need to take action now and grow food in every environment especially urban.
VERTICAL FARMING CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION
It’s not just about feeding, it’s also about health
Vertical Farms do not just simply provide food – they provide fresh produce that is high in nutrients and vitamins, without the fats, artificial flavourings and additives – honest to goodness plant-based food bursting with flavour.
It does not even have to be food.
Vertical farms are now growing plants for health and medicinal purposes, healthcare, natural flavourings, alternative and complimentary medications, even pet foods.
Is it all about the global picture?
No, it is also about quality, consistency, reliability, accessibility, flavour, quality, and availability. This is why restaurants, hotels, and top chefs are rapidly seeing the benefits, knowing that they can access the freshest, most flavoursome plant-based ingredients right on their doorstep – 365 days of the year.
Rarely does a system accommodate every end of a market – it is truly vertical!