What is vertical Farming
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So far, we’ve looked at crops being grown in fields and considered ways to combat challenges such as weeds, pests, soil erosion and decreasing soil fertility. But what about crops that are grown indoors – and without using any soil at all?Vertical farming is a new system which addresses many of the problems faced by crops grown outdoors. With vertical farming, crops are grown indoors in vertically stacked layers.
Advantages of Vertical Farming
This means the crops take up less space and can be grown in urban areas. They can also be grown in a controlled environment free from pests and weeds, with factors like temperature and light fine-tuned to optimise plant growth and taste. Vertical farming also often uses hydroponics, where crops are grown in a nutrient-rich solution instead of soil, or aeroponics, where the nutrient rich solution is formed into a mist around the roots.
Vertical Future is a pioneering London-based company which develops the technology to help other farmers around the world grow crops using vertical farming as well as growing crops for research and development purposes. Their aim is to help people grow crops in a more sustainable way to improve human health and reduce food inequality.