Indoor farming is not necessarily a new phenomenon, but it is only recently that it has gained traction and increased significantly in popularity. With the overall global population on the rise, many experts are concerned that we may soon face problems producing enough food in a sustainable way that would allow us to continue that production without damage to our environment.

It is critical that we find new methods of farming to continue supplying our world with enough food for everyone. One of those potential solutions come in indoor farming methods, particularly in urban areas.

Many areas in large cities…

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools have entered nearly every industry you can think of. They are swiftly changing the way people work and the way businesses are run. Though the adoption of these new technological tools remains controversial, there is much to be said about how AI can improve the way things are run across numerous types of industries.

In the indoor farming industry, new technology is a standard component. This is an industry searching for ways to make farming more productive, more sustainable, and better overall. How then can artificial intelligence tools help to improve crop yields? …

Urban farming isn’t exactly a brand-new practice. It’s been around for several decades now, and many people are starting to become incredibly skilled at doing it successfully. Due to growing concerns over the increase in the world population, a potential lack of available food to feed everyone, and a decline in usable land for traditional farming, experts are looking for viable and sustainable alternatives to the traditional farming methods of growing food. One of those practices involves creating urban farms, typically by using vertical or otherwise innovative farming methods. These new methods are often workable without any — or very…

Vertical farming is likely to revolutionize the agricultural industry in the coming decade. A sustainable solution to producing large amounts of food, vertical farming can potentially lead to huge benefits in the food supply chain, particularly in urban areas or so-called “food deserts.”

Increasing populations and a continued loss of available land for farming mean that these new vertical farms might be an essential part of feeding the world in the very near future. …

Moving out of the realm of science fiction and into the everyday life of many Americans, indoor farming is truly making waves in the agricultural industry. Various systems are used in vertical and indoor farming facilities, most commonly aquaponics, aeroponics, hydroponics, and various forms of stackable pod systems. Some of these alternative farming systems are able to produce healthy crops without using any soil at all. One such system, aeroponics, is steadily gaining in popularity. How does aeroponics work, and is it a sustainable option for indoor farming? …

Vertical farming — growing crops in vertically stacked layers in an indoor environment — is well known for producing fast-growing crops. Under the carefully controlled conditions used by vertical farms, plants such as herbs and leafy greens can go from seed to sprout to harvest in a matter of weeks, which is usually a much shorter timeline than that offered by conventional agriculture. So it seems fitting enough that the entire vertical farming sector, not just the crops it produces, is experiencing equally rapid growth. Worldwide, the vertical farming industry was valued at $2.24 …

In late 2019, the first Global CEA Census Report was released by the global automation specialist Autogrow and the New York-based firm Agritecture Consulting. A highly welcome addition to the still fairly limited body of research and data on the field of controlled environment agriculture (CEA), this landmark report is the most comprehensive survey of international indoor and CEA growers to date. The 45-question survey was conducted in June and July of 2019; in total, 316 growers from 54 countries responded. …

The future of indoor farming includes vertical farms inside of grocery stores, which will allow consumers to purchase the freshest produce possible. Some grocery stores are already testing out this model. Two Quality Food Center (QFC) outlets in Washington recently introduced vertical farms in their stores. (Kroger, the QFC parent company, partnered with German startup Infarm to make this technology possible.)

The vertical farm is a modular system that works as a sort of miniature farm to produce different types of lettuce and herbs. …

Could the conventional growing season eventually be a thing of the past? Historically, farmers have been entirely dependent on the cycle of the seasons, not to mention favorable weather, to grow their crops. Today, however, controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities and techniques allow produce to be grown all year round, at any time and in any climate.

How exactly do these cutting-edge facilities manage to replicate, every single day, the perfect spring or summer day that most crops need to thrive? The answer is advanced climate control equipment and methods.

Container farms, for example, like the shipping container models from…

Surrounded by the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, the town of Jackson, Wyoming, probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of fresh, local produce. But locally grown veggies are exactly what you’ll find if you venture to a one-tenth acre site in the heart of the town. It’s here, on a town-owned infill lot, that Vertical Harvest has built a state of the art, hydroponic greenhouse dedicated to cultivating vertically grown produce year-round.

The story of Vertical Harvest isn’t so unusual. Although major vertical farming startups tend to be concentrated in a few key…

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