The world's population is expected to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050. The UN's Food Administration Organisation (FAO) estimates that, in this scenario, food production needs to increase by 70% . Yet scaling global agriculture at this rate could result in an environmental disaster. Further deforestation, spreading deserts as well as toxification of soil and water, would be the consequence . AeroFarms provides a sustainable alternative to conventional agriculture. The company has built indoor farms that can produce food locally using a technology called "aeroponics." Plants are not growing in soil, but in air canals sprayed with water mist. This provides the roots with the necessary water to grow. The company claims this method reduces water consumption by 95% compared to field farming . AeroFarms doesn't rely on toxic chemicals to fight pests as the enclosed growing method serves as a natural way to keep crops pest-free .
June 28, 2018 Kevin Maney If you were inventing the farm today, why would you put it outside, on a giant plot of land? OK, there’s the sunlight thing, but then you get droughts and frosts and plant-munching insects that have to be battled with harmful pesticides. And because outdoor farms need so much acreage, […]