Vertical farming is a fairly new farming principle proposed by scientists and agriculturists as an alternative way of growing crops. This proposed technique would utilize agricultural methods such as greenhousing, aeroponics and hydroponics and would store everything in an agricultural structure like that of a high rise building which will be called a farmscraper. The whole idea of vertical farming may sound pretty complex, and even preposterous and absurd to some, but come to think of it, the whole idea of vertical farming does offer a lot of advantages that we could really benefit from.
Increase in crop production is one advantage of adapting this agricultural principle. Unlike traditional farming wherein you can only grow and harvest a limited amount of crops in a piece of land, vertical farming multiplies the land productivity even more since, well, it’s a multi tier farming. The farmscrapers are also designed to have a market in the same infrastructure where the crops are grown, so that would definitely eliminate travel costs and spoilage, hence decreasing the price of the crops. And since the crops are enclosed in a controlled environment, they can be well protected from weather related problems such as intense heat, intense cold, wildfires, etc. It could also help conserve lands that are used up by traditional farms.
Vertical farming offers a lot of advantages that we could all benefit from. This agricultural idea may be at its early stages at present but I’m sure ten, twenty, thirty years from now, it’ll be on its full swing and consumers could reap all the benefits from it.