Vertical Farm — Illustration by TEAMS

Aim High, Streamline

Vertical farms and simplification of food logistics becoming more relevant in our urbanized world.

This is part IV of the series about innovation for sustainable solutions in food productions. Read part I, part II, and part III.

Nowadays, new ways of producing food have been steadily refined/developed to a point where we are starting to see pioneers of new food production settling right amongst our increasingly densely populated cities. Through vertical farms, our urban areas can progressively gain independence again and the accompanying simplification of logistics becomes more relevant in our urbanized world.

Vertical farms make cities bit by bit more independent again. The accompanying simplification of logistics becomes more and more relevant in an urbanized world.

Vertical Farms: The simplification of logistics becomes more relevant in an urbanized world. — Image by TEAMS

Shopping on the farm next door

A growing amount of people realize that the way we live and eat is a big threat, not only to our health but also to the health of our environment.

Shopping in the farm next door — Concept by TEAMS

The Aeroponic system emerges as the most efficient way to grow plants indoors, with highly optimized procedures and the ability to perform all year round in any climate or season. Its uses span from big scale vertical farming to small scale urban gardening. Residents and local facilities (Restaurants, canteens, supermarkets…) can benefit greatly from food produced right around the corner.

Saving our planet’s soil by not using it

As our soil is degrading with each yield, multiple attempts have arisen to stop this trend that is threatening our rural agriculture. Like mentioned in our article , the degradation of soil is a very difficult challenge to take on, luckily, the Aeroponic growing system used in vertical farming doesn’t rely on it at all. Aeroponics works by cultivating plants simply in the air. More precisely, in a mist of minimal amounts of water and fertilizer.

The idea has been around for over 100 years and has been continuously benefiting from technologic advancement. for its outstanding efficiency and suitability to be used in outer space missions.

Aeroponics provides controlled and rapid food production. Crops can be grown all year round and the clean/sterile setup prevents the spread of plant diseases and infection as well as pest infestation, completely eliminating the need for pesticides or herbicides.

Its efficient nature also means a reduced need for fertilizer by about 60% and reduced water usage by an astonishing 98% compared to regular agriculture.

Aeroponics provides controlled clean and rapid food production — Image by TEAMS

Next Step Vertical Farming

The biggest part of the problem are homes, supermarkets and restaurants, while logistical problems between farmers and markets also play a role.

In order to make sure there’s enough food for everybody, even in 2050 when the world population will hit 10 billion, finding a solution to reduce food waste is one of the most important opportunities.

Vertical farms as a direct supplier harbor the opportunity to cut down on food waste by eliminating transport routes, keeping the food fresh, and its compact system enables better control over supply/production.

Just like how autonomous robots became a vital part of intralogistics in warehouses all around the globe, farm bots will roam the huge shelves with fresh greens, yield and prepare them for delivery or for the customer in the shop to take away.

Next step vertical farming. — TEAMS

New Experience

In our article on future food networking we looked at how each household’s food supply will diversify in the future — with urban gardening and vertical farming spreading and food delivery services expanding.

Consumer analysis enables each vertical farm to always be one step ahead on supply and demand calculations to prevent that more food is being produced than can be consumed.

In addition, the controlled cultivation of plants also has many benefits, like maximized productivity, e.g., vertical farming can produce up to 6 tomato crop cycles in a year instead of the traditional 1–2 or the elevated amount of minerals and vitamins taken up by the plants.

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New Grocery Experience Concept — TEAMS

to analyse the current challenges of the global agricultural industry, and the open possibilities for innovation to create sustainable solutions.

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