Future Farming

Earth is getting crowded: we need new ways to farm our food. Read all about Future Farming here.

Today there are already millions people on planet earth who know true hunger on a daily basis. How will this work out by the year 2050, when there are over 9 billion of us? 

We’ll need new, improved and much more efficient ways to grow our food to provide enough nutrition for everyone. We’re already struggling to do this now, let alone in a few dozen years when our numbers have grown even further. Scientists are already working on finding the best new ways to fertilize farm land and increase crop growth, but will that be enough?

On these pages about the Future of Farming we’ll cover a couple of different possible solutions from three main perspectives:

  • Farming in densely populated areas by means of Urban Farming, Vertical Farming and Window Farming
  • Farming in otherwise impossible places like Desert Farming
  • Speeding up crop growth to be able to harvest and provide food at a faster rate

In the main blog we’ll also keep covering the latest news regarding the issues of future farming.

 

Farming in densely populated areas

Urban Farming

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, and horticulture. These activities also occur in peri-urban areas as well.

The future of farming with Vertical Farming in skyscrapers

Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming is an agricultural approach that’s been suggested by Professor Dickson Despommier from Columbia University. He believes that there’s an excellent need for inner-city blocks to possess their very own instant supply of food whereby crops will be developed in the absence of soil, rather through the medium of hydroponics and aeroponics within structures already-known as “farmscrapers”.

The future of farming: window farming in your own home

Window Farming

Vertical farming is cultivating plant or animal life within a skyscraper greenhouse or on vertically inclined surfaces. The idea of a vertical farm has existed at least since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The modern idea of vertical farming uses techniques similar to glass houses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting.

Farming in otherwise impossible terrain

 

Desert farming generally relies on irrigation, as it is the easiest way to make a desert bloom. In California, the Imperial Valley is a good example of what can be done. Australia and the Horn of Africa are also places with interesting desert agriculture.

Farming in otherwise impossible terrain

 

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