As global population grows at an unsustainable rate, more people than ever want to enjoy delicious, nutritious, fresh and healthy food.
Alarmingly, additional land mass roughly 35 times the size of the UK is required to help meet global demand – 80% of land that’s suitable for farming is already used for crop production.
Ecological & environmental food awareness is on the rise and so too is the desire for sustainable and locally sourced produce.
Forecasts show a rising population will increase urbanisation. By 2050, it’s projected there will be an extra three billion people tussling for space on Planet Earth, 70% of them choosing to live in cities. Higher populations within cities means demand for water (and food) will rapidly increase in urban areas, subsequently challenging conventional farming methods due to increased limitations on irrigation.
In light of this, economical vertical farming (VF) helps to integrate agriculture amongst the built environment – boosting sustainable resource whilst recycling water. Aeroponics is known to be the highest efficiency VF technique on the market. This is due to its accessibility, versatility and simplicity – it’s increasing popularity is down to logic.
A relatively new medium suitable for residential households, VF is totally environmentally sustainable with zero effect on any surrounding eco-systems. This approach conserves almost all the water required to produce fresh & healthy food whilst maximising energy and space efficiency.
Our growing population will prompt cities to rise and encourage urban infrastructure to thrive. Suburbia will spread at the expense of eco-systems, habitats and natural green space – bricks & mortar in their place. As human exposure to nature becomes more and more acute, contemporary green walls offer practicality, resource, healthy living and greater wellbeing to urban dwellers. This is where VF must reside.
To the masses, this self-sufficient approach may seem bold – like Elton John’s dress sense in the seventies. But that’s fine. It’s going to take bold ideas, resourceful innovation and alteration to help meet demand.
VF ticks all the boxes. For the first time ever, growing up doesn’t look so bad…