Benefits of Vertical Farming
by: Michelle Ching
More and more people are gaining interest on vertical farming these days. People like large scale farmers, entrepreneurs and investors in particular are getting into this whole vertical farming craze. So you might be thinking, what vertical farming is. Vertical farming is an alternative way of growing plants and produce. Traditionally, we grow plants and produce in the ground or a pot with soil. We tend the plants every so often and water them everyday until they grow beautifully. This new type of farming method however, has a different approach in growing plants. The use of soil will be eliminated in this agriculture technique and plants will be grown either by aeroponics and hydroponics within farmscrapers.
As we all know, we only have limited water and land resources so vertical farming was introduced as an alternative option to minimize land use. This kind of farming is believed to be more efficient and safe because all the produce will be grown without using pesticides and insect repellents like that of conventional farming. The environment is more controlled so there is no chance for pests and other insects to attack the plants. This type of farming also reduces the use of water which is really a huge positive factor since water is a scarce resource that we should conserve. Another advantage of this agricultural technique is that being in the urban scene, it helps in reducing the costs in transporting the produce from the farmscrapers to the markets.
Vertical farming is just on its early stages as of now. It’s not yet fully utilized all over the world since it’s just a fairly new concept. However, I do believe that this new farming technique would be the next big thing in the agriculture industry.