After the first few weeks of class, I can begin to understand the importance of treating soil appropriately. Soil abuse is almost inevitable, with the rise in global populations and the recent conclusion that the population has exceeded the amount of food produced globally. Hearing this kind of news makes many people search for potential answers. The idea doesn’t rely just within one single idea but in many that have a positive outcome with few trade offs. An idea I have recently come across is called Vertical Farming. The idea is to build up rather than out across a horizontal field. The results are phenomenal, saving land and centralizing the process of food production.
With vertical farming, no fuel is needed for all that expensive farming equipment, no fuel is needed for transportation of produce because food is grown in the urban environment and centralized for delivery and ease. The fuel for the building can be generated by the methane produced from the compost consisting of all biomass not used for food with all extra energy going back into the grid. All food grown in the vertical farm is grown organically, meaning pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer free. Also there is no need to genetically modify anything, because the plants will be indoor pest control will be minimum to non-existent and plants can have extremely high crop yields, almost never seen before. The crops will be resistant to floods, droughts, and any other natural phenomena that may occur. All water involved in growth of plants is recycled and reused in growth of other plants. The amount of produce created on this one acre is comparable to 4-6 outdoor acres, although numbers differ depending on plant type. An example that the vertical farm website gives involves strawberries. Strawberries can grow 30 times as much in one acre of vertical farming than that of the traditional horizontal farming methods.
All in all vertical farms have far more crop production per unit area than traditional farming. The methods involved in the vertical farm prove to be sustainable and a possible solution to future world hunger problems. I think not only will it be benificial towards the future of mankind, but also a way to create a multitude of jobs. Green, sustainable jobs in vertical farming will add to the infrastructure of the U.S. and help lead the way in green urban environments while aiding in the stabilization of urbanization.