The United Nations are saying global population will grow to 8.5 billion by 2030 growing by over a billion every 30 years but only 11% of the world's land mass can produce crops for consumption. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see at some point in the future we could find ourselves in a pretty big problem, especially when you factor in global climate change into the equation and the foreseeable scarcity of fresh water. So how do we acquire food security worldwide to meet the needs of the growing world populations without needing to destroy more ecosystems to create farms?
Many are turning to and saying that Vertical Gardening using Hydroponics and Aquaponics is a key to this problem. Why use up tons of space and water to grow crops when you could use 10x less of the space by growing vertically to grow the same amount of food as well as use up to 90% less water when growing vertical indoors. Comparing to traditional farming these new farming techniques are game changers and vastly more efficient.
The other big advantage is that these farms can be done in many more places compared to traditional farming that needs to be done in areas with good soil or amended soil, these types of farms don't need soil at all. So in aired areas where farming is normally hard Vertical Farming could bring the advantages of controlling the environmental of the whole entire farm, control water usage, pest control, and nutrient control. What farmers wouldn't want the ability to control all these things? Farmers who want to grow fully organic and actually achieve this with no need for pesticides and chemicals can now finally achieve this as bugs can be controlled much easier indoors and no need to deal with weeds ever again.
With the rise of very efficient Led technology building can be transformed into vertical gardens without the need of sunlight opening up tons of new possibilities for year-round growth. Crops can be grown as fast as up to 2x faster compared to farming outside with much less impact on the environment. With so many stresses on our planet these days less impact farming is very important to bring to the mainstream. 70% of our fresh water contamination comes from agriculture, 70% of fresh water use goes to agriculture as well and as much 30% of our arable land is now degraded.
Vertical farms are just an all round better way to feed our plant and over the past few years vertical farms are popping up all around the world. We at Optic Led look forward to help bringing in more of these much needed farms into existence and lights them with our top of the line Led grow lights.
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