Friday, October 30, 2009

Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming
Monday October 26, 2009 Link to full article below

The world’s population is expanding at an annual rate of about 1.3% and is projected to double its present level of 6.5 billion by 2063. At the same time, rapidly warming climates are threatening to disrupt crop yields. With global agriculture facing some worrisome prospects – some experts predict serious food shortages by 2100 for half of the world’s population – new technologies are emerging with some possible solutions to the planet’s growing food needs.

Vertical farming is a technology that applies soil free methods like hydroponics and aeroponics to the growing of plants in spaces outside of traditional farms. Fruits and vegetables are literally grown vertically, making this type of farming ideal for urban locations and in areas lacking arable land. In these controlled environments, water and energy can be used efficiently and it can be easier to combat pests and plant diseases.

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