The food you will eat in your apartment in the city might be from somewhere near you. An agricultural movement is on the rise and it is based in the heart of urban metropolises. This is in part due to the rising challenges of food and environment in today’s age. This form of urban farming is being termed vertical farming. The idea is to grow food in the cities and grow it vertically instead stretching it outwards horizontally. The cities are made up of tall skyscrapers, may be the next will be of vegetables and fruits.
The implementations are already in full swing and it visible in all parts of the world. In Sweden, a tall triangular building will have fruits and vegetables grown from the top to the bottom, sinking in the necessary sunlight. In the windy city Chicago, vegetables are growing on floating rafts using waste from nearby fish tanks as fertilizer.
The many benefits of urban farming are driving this movement. Fresh, organic and locally produced food eliminates the need of food that trucks bring from far away farms. Indoor farming can help bring down the use of pesticides which can pollute the environment. It can help preserve natural resources like forests that can in turn help tackle climate change. And the biggest benefit is self sufficiency and abundance of food. The more you deliberate about it, the more it makes sense.
Many vertical farms are already there in major cities in America and more are on the way. Some of these are being funded by non-profit organizations for environmental causes while others are turning it into a lucrative business. In South Korea, the government is funding vertical farms in order to bring urban farming to their over crowded cities.
Critics of Vertical Farming
Many people argue that vertical farms are more expensive to build and traditional farming methods are not only cheap but are efficient. Vertical farming is costly as compared to traditional farming but the number of such initiatives is too low to get a profound understanding about the return on investment. Whether they are expensive or not, one thing is for sure that these farms are quickly growing in numbers.
Why cities really are the future of farming?
There are many reasons to believe this notion. First and foremost, climate change is a big cause for people to start growing food indoors. Due to global warming, the climate pattern has changed and weather is getting extreme. In harsh weather conditions, in door farming can provide safety.
The growing population of the world and growing urbanization of the world is another reason for city farming. As more people move to cities and towns become cities, the food shortage may rise. Urban farming is a way to self sufficiency and also contributing to the society in times of need
Urban farms are becoming visible more than ever. Whether it is a small plant producing herbs on a window or a big building producing fruits, urban farming is present everywhere.