The Urban High Tech Vertical Farmers have been boosted by pandemic demand.
One of the things we have learned from the pandemic is that it is time to redesign and re-engineer the food supply chain, as COVID-19 restrictions are easing across the world. The response could be vertical farming. Here are the top 5 advantages of vertical farming for the creation of a safe and resilient supply chain of fresh food.
- GRANTED A BETTER ACCESS TO MARKET DEMAND
Compared to conventional field farms, vertical farms have a much smaller footprint, which means they can be built within, or closer to, urban areas.
- TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENT
Driven growth lights and recent developments in AI and smart control technology have been catalysts for sustainable year-round growth, allowing vertical farmers to optimize crop yields, improve crop quality and standardize production without seasonal downtime.
- INCREASE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND HIGH QUALITY CROP YIELDS.
It is possible to maximize the amount, efficiency, length and distribution of light that each plant gets. Innovative advances in lighting technology have allowed vertical farmers to produce more food with less cost. “Dr. Storey commented, “LEDs and semi-conductor technologies are the key technological inputs at Plenty.
As the cost of LEDs goes down and the efficiencies go up, with very little investment on our side, we reap the benefits.” He continued, “We have built our own cost curve of technology around indoor agriculture, which shows that costs are going down and quality is going up.
- DECREASE IN LABOUR OVERHEADS
Since COVID-19, there has been more awareness of the inherent advantages of indoor/vertical farming, which can produce more with fewer hands. Lack of labor is a major contributor to food insecurity, especially in times of global crisis. The promise of vertical farms is that they will become a component in any food supply chain for resilience.
5. FLEXIBLE & SCALABLE TO MEET CONSUMER DEMANDS
It is possible to modularize vertical farms and the modules can be delivered on pallets and easily set up where the demand resides. They can also be applied to and scaled according to consumer needs to accommodate the rotation of crops.
This scalability allows farmers to set up vertical farms quickly and wherever food is required. It can also help farmers meet consumer demands that are latent.