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VERTICAL FARMING

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The Vertical Farming Report

Project Introduction

 

In the next months the Diplomats Society in cooperation with 47 nations is conducting a study about the current state of the art of Modern Farming methods, exploring the different approaches, identifying potentials and driving factors and showcasing best practice examples all over the world. Together with partners from science, industry and agriculture as well as public entities and official statements we will step by step unravel the complexity of the topic at hand and discover the existing potential solutions and possible actions resulting in a real life interdisciplinary and multi-national exchange and working group.

 

Everyone who is interested in participating and contributing to this report that will be provided to ambassadors, decision makers, politicians, stakeholders and potential investors all over the world please don't hesitate to contact us over the contact form below or directly per email:

 

verticalfarming@diplomats-society.com

 

Transition of Society and Agriculture

- on the verge of a revolution

Vertical Farming, Urban Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Hydropolygons, Microgreens - modern Farming methods are gaining ground – both in technology and in public awareness. All over the world the question of safe, continuous, affordable and ecological food supply become a predominant driving factor for a recent and cutting edge transition in Farming and Landscaping. Enhanced by new technological achievements as in LED technology, nutrient science and biotechnology Modern Farming methods bare a huge potential to solve the manifold and individual challenges of food supply all over the world. 

While the main focus will lie on Vertical Farming, the overlapping in technology, philosophy and  objectives with terms such as Urban Farming, Indoor Farming, Alternative Farming is important and these approaches will be included in this report, as they all pose important potentials for different challenges even though not every approach includes the component of verticality.

The rationale behind Vertical Farming - and there is the strong connection to the term Urban Farming - is the decentralization of food supply and reduction of transport routes. Hence - produce the food where it’s eaten. As already more than 50% of the world population lives in cities this ratio will continue growing, posing serious challenges to the food supply - especially in cities or areas where arable land is scarce - whether due to area, geographic or climate limitations. Bringing food production to the cities and surrounding areas and achieve a yearlong continuous food production independent from whether and seasons seems to offer a serious way to go and holds beneficiary effects in terms of ecology, environment and sustainability.

 

In a even wider perspective the approach of Vertical Farming even offers new ways of landscaping, urban planning and architecture itself. Vertical Forests and the greening of skyscrapers are a new way of interpreting and shaping urban life bringing nature back into our infrastructure.

What is Vertical Farming?

The term Vertical Farming not only describes the arrangement of multiple farming levels along a vertical axis it rather describes a variant of indoor Farming that combines the question of 3-dimensional cultivation of space with modern high technology solutions in order to achieve continuous production of food in a controlled environment, using technology to be independent from external and uncontrollable factors such as weather, insect movements or illnesses, in order to increase food continuity, food safety, the acreage-yield output and decrease the use of pesticides and insecticides. Thereby the approach of Vertical Farming encompasses 4 main types of Vertical Farming.

The World of Vertical Farming

While most of the pictures and descriptions still sound like visions and are being criticized from different angles, the world of Vertical Farming is growing fast and enterprises, institutions and governments are demonstrating every day that  continous work and progress lead to the successful implementation and application of Vertical Farms today.

Singapore 

 

The island city of Singapore - one of the most densely populated cities in the world - belongs to the pioneers of Vertical Farming. With most parts of the island urbanized, the remaning area for conventional farming is scarce and more than 90 percent of the food supply needs to be imported. Since 2014 Singapore is operating industrial Vertical Farms with growing numbers. Home grown and high food quality are substantiating the success and customer satisfaction.

Japan

 

As a country combining both the high valuing of fine cuisine, traditional horticulture and technological progress, Japan belongs to the leading countries, brining Vertical Farming and Indoor Farming to the next level. Already running succesfull facilities with over 3.000 square meters, the next step of a fully automated Indoor Farm using robotic technology for task such as harvesting is planned.

United States of America

 

As one of the largest food producing countries, the Vertical Farming industry has set grounds in the USA. With a growing scene of industrial, technological and scientific enterprises and projects all over the country the progress is evident. With over 6.500 square meters one of the largest industrial Vertical Farms is located in New Jersey and more are about to be build.

Germany

 

With the growing market pull for regional, sustainable and organic foods on the one side and technological pioneering in Germany on the other side, the vertical farming industry is booming. One of the largest industrial Vertical Farms located and established 2013 in Berlin is producing  365 days per year in over 50 farms. Innovative Science based Start-ups provide micro systems for home based Vertical Farming.

United Arab Emirates

 

Bringing green to the desert - a prospect that before has only been realized by masses of water consumption is now on the verge to be fulfilled with less water, higher and continuous outputs. In order to reduce the amout of imported foods that currently range at 90% the emirate of Dubai has opened its first Vertical Farm producing fresh foods in the middle of a busy industrial area.

In the following months we are looking forward to looking deeper into the fascinating and growing world of Vertical Farming / Indoor Farming / Urban Farming. Which nations have yet made the largest efforts, which technologies are suitable for the different objectives and challenges and which companies, organizations and individuals are the drivers behind this field of Agriculture, Sience and Technology?

 

As this is a dynamic study we are looking forward to receive questions, opinions and best practice examples from all interested stake holders. For everyone who is interested in contributing to this study please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this report for educational purposes visualizing the actual state as well as visions of vertical farming are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the vertical farming community: Sky Greens, MNDSingapore, infarm, JPFA, Staay Food Group, vertical farm institute, farm.one and shutterstock.

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VERTICAL FARMING

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The VERTICAL FARMING Report

Project Introduction

In the next months the Diplomats Society in cooperation with 47 nations is conducting a study about the current state of the art of Modern Farming methods, exploring the different approaches, identifying potentials and driving factors and showcasing best practice examples all over the world. Together with partners from science, industry and agriculture as well as public entities and official statements we will step by step unravel the complexity of the topic at hand and discover the existing potential solutions and possible actions resulting in a real life interdisciplinary and multi-national exchange and working group.

 

Everyone who is interested in participating and contributing to this report that will be provided to ambassadors, decision makers, politicians, stakeholders and potential investors all over the world please don't hesitate to contact us over the contact form below or directly.

 

Transition of Society and Agriculture

- on the verge of a revolution

Vertical Farming, Urban Farming, Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Hydropolygons, Microgreens - modern Farming methods are gaining ground – both in technology and in public awareness. All over the world the question of safe, continuous, affordable and ecological food supply become a predominant driving factor for a recent and cutting edge transition in Farming and Landscaping. Enhanced by new technological achievements as in LED technology, nutrient science and biotechnology Modern Farming methods bare a huge potential to solve the manifold and individual challenges of food supply all over the world. 

While the main focus will lie on Vertical Farming, the overlapping in technology, philosophy and  objectives with terms such as Urban Farming, Indoor Farming, Alternative Farming is important and these approaches will be included in this report, as they all pose important potentials for different challenges even though not every approach includes the component of verticality.

The rationale behind Vertical Farming - and there is the strong connection to the term Urban Farming - is the decentralization of food supply and reduction of transport routes. Hence - produce the food where it’s eaten. As already more than 50% of the world population lives in cities this ratio will continue growing, posing serious challenges to the food supply - especially in cities or areas where arable land is scarce - whether due to area, geographic or climate limitations. Bringing food production to the cities and surrounding areas and achieve a yearlong continuous food production independent from whether and seasons seems to offer a serious way to go and holds beneficiary effects in terms of ecology, environment and sustainability.

What is Vertical Farming ?

The term Vertical Farming not only describes the arrangement of multiple farming levels along a vertical axis it rather describes a variant of indoor Farming that combines the question of 3-dimensional cultivation of space with modern high technology solutions in order to achieve continuous production of food in a controlled environment, using technology to be independent from external and uncontrollable factors such as weather, insect movements or illnesses, in order to increase food continuity, food safety, the acreage-yield output and decrease the use of pesticides and insecticides. Thereby the approach of Vertical Farming encompasses 4 main types of Vertical Farming.

TYPE 1 - Vertical Farm

The first type and mostly referred to is the construction of tall structures with several levels of growing beds, often combined with artificial light and controlled nutrient supply - the „Single Purpose Vertical Farm“ (SPVF). This type of Vertical farm today is the most widespread.

TYPE 2 - Vertical Farm

The second type of Vertical Farming takes place on the rooftops of old and new buildings, atop commercial and residential structures as well as on restaurants and grocery stores - the idea of Vertical Farming / Urban Farming is added to existing structures that carry out a different purpose - the „Integrated Vertical Farm“.

TYPE 3 - Vertical Farm

The third type of Vertical Farming is the integration of small farming entities into the households, providing home-grown so called microgreens - „Micro Indoor Farming“ (MIF).

TYPE 4 - Vertical Farm

The fourth type of vertical farm is that of the visionary, multi-story building that comprise a full ecosystem and large scale production of food combined with futuristic design full integration of the Vertical into the Urban structures.

The World of Vertical Farming

While most of the pictures and descriptions still sound like visions and are being criticized from different angles, the world of Vertical Farming is growing fast and enterprises, institutions and governments are demonstrating every day that  continous work and progress lead to the successful implementation and application of Vertical Farms today.

Singapore

The island city of Singapore - one of the most densely populated cities in the world - belongs to the pioneers of Vertical Farming. With most parts of the island urbanized, the remaning area for conventional farming is scarce and more than 90 percent of the food supply needs to be imported. Since 2014 Singapore is operating industrial Vertical Farms with growing numbers. Home grown and high food quality are substantiating the success and customer satisfaction.

Germany

With the growing market pull for regional, sustainable and organic foods on the one side and technological pioneering in Germany on the other side, the vertical farming industry is booming. One of the largest industrial Vertical Farms located and established 2013 in Berlin is producing  365 days per year in over 50 farms. Innovative Science based Start-ups provide micro systems for home based Vertical Farming.

Japan

As a country combining both the high valuing of fine cuisine, traditional horticulture and technological progress, Japan belongs to the leading countries, brining Vertical Farming and Indoor Farming to the next level. Already running succesfull facilities with over 3.000 square meters, the next step of a fully automated Indoor Farm using robotic technology for task such as harvesting is planned.

United Arab Emirates

Bringing green to the desert - a prospect that before has only been realized by masses of water consumption is now on the verge to be fulfilled with less water, higher and continuous outputs. In order to reduce the amout of imported foods that currently range at 90% the emirate of Dubai has opened its first Vertical Farm producing fresh foods in the middle of a busy industrial area.

United States of America

As one of the largest food producing countries, the Vertical Farming industry has set grounds in the USA. With a growing scene of industrial, technological and scientific enterprises and projects all over the country the progress is evident. With over 6.500 square meters one of the largest industrial Vertical Farms is located in New Jersey and more are about to be build.

In the following months we are looking forward to looking deeper into the fascinating and growing world of Vertical Farming / Indoor Farming / Urban Farming. Which nations have yet made the largest efforts, which technologies are suitable for the different objectives and challenges and which companies, organizations and individuals are the drivers behind this field of Agriculture, Sience and Technology?

 

As this is a dynamic study we are looking forward to receive questions, opinions and best practice examples from all interested stake holders. For everyone who is interested in contributing to this study please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

We thank all participants, partners and members of the network for their cooperation, contribution and effort. The images provided in this report for educational purposes visualizing the actual state as well as visions of vertical farming are featured and copyright protected by multiple notable members of the vertical farming community: Sky Greens, MNDSingapore, infarm, JPFA, Staay Food Group, vertical farm institute, farm.one and shutterstock.

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