Vertical Farming: What
are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Vertical Farm?
is it and what
are the benefits of establishing the vertical farm? See advantages and
disadvantages of farmscrapers. This is the
method of agriculture
that has been proposed by Professor Dickson Despommier from Columbia
Dickson Despommier feels that there is
a great need for inner city blocks
to have their own immediate source of food where plants will be grown
without soil, by means of aeroponics and hydroponics within buildings
already known as "farmscrapers".
Vertical farming may be the only
solution to keeping up with the feeding of our growing world's
population. Or is it?
What is Vertical Farming?
An Artist's Impression of
With the over-population of the world
ever increasing, and water and land being a finite source, alternative
options are being sought for feeding the masses, yet minimizing land
How are we going to continue to feed
and house everyone? If we
need more land for housing, then farmlands and forests will shrink. And
yet, one needs that farmland to feed the masses, and the forests to
produce oxygen and to sustain other life forms that are all part of the
So it seemed like a catch-22 situation
until someone came up with the brilliant idea, or so it seems on the
surface, of having city blocks of concrete and glass where you will be
able to farm fish, poultry, pigs, fruit and vegetables all in a
controlled environment in farmscrapers forming a vertical growing
platform. So what
are the benefits of all of this?
What are The Advantages of Vertical Farming?
Well, those who support
believe that it is a far better way of producing crops and that there
are more benefits than conventional farming. They claim that it is more
efficient. How so? Well, all produce will be grown organically, with no
pesticides and insecticides, as being in a controlled environment there
are no insects or garden pests that can attack the
Another benefit of some consideration
is that the crops will be further protected from inclement weather, and
therefore less crops will be lost to hurricanes, hail, drought and snap
freezes, because the temperatures within these vertical growing
platforms will be
set at ambient temperatures. With global weather patterns becoming more
unpredictable, and with global warming being a huge problem, vertical
farming sounds like a solid option.
A further benefit of having a vertical
farm is seen in the fact that having farms like these within the inner
cities, the carbon
footprint in miles of food transportation will be
reduced, because the crops and produce are already there, within easy
access to those who need them. Because they are able to recycle and use
black water in their irrigation systems this is a further benefit to
conserving drinking water, which is becoming more and more a resource
Considering how important water is for
life in general,
vertical farming seems to be the answer for a serious problem that many
starving nations now face due to drought and lack of drinking water. In
addition, with the plants being grown in these huge vertical
greenhouses, the transpiration that will occur naturally will be
harnessed and reused again for irrigation. Considering that
conventional farming uses 70% of the world's drinkable water, and much
of that is polluted by fertilizers and pesticides, this seems to be one
of the greatest benefits.
What are the Disadvantages of Vertical Farming?
However, those are the benefits, what
are some of the negative aspects that haven't been mentioned in
vertical farming? Well, pollination is something that needs serious
consideration. Insects are crucial to this process. So if this is going
to be an insect-free environment, pollination will have to be done by
hand, which is labor-intensive, and will this result in the produce
And talking about costs, we all know
that urban land is
far more expensive that farm land, and the cost of creating such a
concept and powering up a farmscraper for lights, controlling ambient
temperatures and the like, will not be a cheap exercise. So just how
much will this produce cost the consumer? It sounds as if it would cost
them far more than what they could expect to pay for conventionally
grown food. Controlling the environment within these buildings with
regards to lighting, temperature, pollination and the arrangement of
plants will all be important factors for success.
What is the Future for Vertical Farming?
Will vertical farming
ever take off? We
are at least 5 - 10 years away from such a concept. We still have
enough land to feed the masses in most countries around the world, and
we haven't reached crunch point just yet. However, I certainly think
that the concept needs to be given serious consideration, especially as
what is being proposed is not outlandish.
With cost factors being
major drawback, once cheaper solutions can be found in the construction
of these farmscrapers, traditional farming may one day be
revolutionized. We may see traditional farmers working in conjunction
with inner city farmers in a supporting capacity, to farm organically
some of the few crops that perhaps cannot feasibly be grown in a
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Vertical Gardening for those with Small Spaces
those of you who wish to grow vegetables in small spaces, vertical
gardening now makes perfect sense. You can grow tomatoes, cucumbers and
even pumpkins vertically maximizing the area you have. See these videos
on vertical gardening for more ideas.
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