Since this is one of the key technologies that will revolutionize agriculture and allow the world to support hundreds of billions or trillions, and it's really starting to take off, let's have a news thread on it.
Global Vertical Farming Industry Worth $6.81 Billion by 2022 - Emerging Need For Sustainable Farming Operations - Research and Markets
The global vertical farming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 27.77% through 2015 to 2022.
The emerging need of sustainable farming operations, decreasing arable land and scarcity of natural resources enabled the introduction of vertical farming at the global level. The market largely comprises of growth mechanisms, components and fixtures required for the viable vertical farming operations. The growth in the market is accredited to the overall cost effectiveness of the technology, increasing global food demand and the customization option provided to the users.
Old steel mill in N.J. to become world's largest vertical farm
NEWARK, N.J. - Stacks of leafy greens are sprouting inside an old brewery in New Jersey.
AeroFarms is one of several companies creating new ways to grow indoors year-round to solve problems like the drought out West, frost in the South or other unfavourable conditions affecting farmers. The company is in the process of building what an industry group says is the world's largest commercial vertical farm at the site of an old steel mill in New Jersey's largest city.
It will contain 12 layers of growth on 3 1/2 acres, producing 2 million pounds of food per year. Production is set to begin next month.
My commentary: I already posted this, but too awesome not to post again.
In Cold Wyoming Winters, A New Vertical Farm Keeps Fresh Produce Local
If all goes according to plan, the three-story greenhouse will be harvesting more than 100,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown veggies annually. The founders of the greenhouse estimate it will offset 3% of the produce that currently has to be shipped into the valley. That kind of output, taking place on a tenth of an acre, would equate to the production of five acres of traditional agricultural land. "The power here is using a small amount of land to serve a community," says Vertical Harvest cofounder Nona Yehia.
By many accounts, it's working. On the top floor of the greenhouse, clusters of ruby red tomatoes already dangle from vines that hang near the ceiling. One story below, workers tend to trays of baby basil and sunflower cress basking in the warm glow of LED lights. In the background, bins of arugula are transported on conveyor belts across the width of the greenhouse and up and down its south-facing glass facade, feeding the plants on a combination of natural and artificial light.
My commentary: See, vertical farms are popping up everywhere. Also, YEAR-ROUND PRODUCE FUCK YEAH!!!
VERTICAL FARMS FOR THE WIN!!!