The Vertical Farm Project

By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim

The concept of indoor farming is not new, since hothouse production of tomatoes, a wide variety of herbs, and other produce has been in vogue for some time. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another 3 billion people. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Vertical Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate). Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world's urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.


It took humans 10,000 years to learn how to grow most of the crops we now take for granted. Along the way, we despoiled most of the land we worked, often turning verdant, natural ecozones into semi-arid deserts. Within that same time frame, we evolved into an urban species, in which 60% of the human population now lives vertically in cities. This means that, for the majority, we humans are protected against the elements, yet we subject our food-bearing plants to the rigors of the great outdoors and can do no more than hope for a good weather year. However, more often than not now, due to a rapidly changing climate regime, that is not what follows.

Massive floods, protracted droughts, class 4-5 hurricanes, and severe monsoons take their toll each year, destroying millions of tons of valuable crops. Don't our harvestable plants deserve the same level of comfort and protection that we now enjoy? The time is at hand for us to learn how to safely grow our food inside environmentally controlled multistory buildings within urban centers. If we do not, then in just another 50 years, the next 3 billion people will surely go hungry, and the world will become a much more unpleasant place in which to live.

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Problem is, we already have close to 1.5 billion people who are starving even though humanity has been producing enough food to feed 10 billion every year.

The problem of starvation or hungry people isn't going to disappear until we solve the underlying problem of the socio-economic system that causes people to go hungry in the first place.

However, vertical farms are nothing new.
We could have created them a few decades ago... and even back then they could have been fully automated.

Have a 44 story high fully automated vertical farm that is large as 1 acre and you can feed 613 000 people (each of which would get 10 different vegetables daily).
Existing cities have plenty of space for these things, as well as abandoned housings/buildings that are no longer in use which can be harvested for raw materials and then used to create these food generating sky-scrappers.

On top of that, combine hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics into one and use omega gardens as means of growing them (up to 5x faster food growth that results in much healthier/stronger/nutrient rich plants because they end up fighting against gravity).
No need for soil (which eliminates pesticides), reduced usage of water (up to 75%), chemicals or GMO.

But as I said... so long as we live under a profit based system, this kind of technology will require time to be implemented in a 'cheap' (for companies) manner, and the issue of starvation probably won't go away either if you will still require money to get basic necessities of life.

This means that, for the majority, we humans are protected against the elements, yet we subject our food Owais