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Urban Farms: Transforming the World's Agricultural Landscape

By Enterprise Technology Review | Saturday, April 27, 2019

Increasing population trends, urbanization, decreasing water supply, and ongoing climate change have amounted to declining arable land stocks per person. As agricultural land resources decline, policymakers face the sustainability challenge and feed the rapidly growing world population that is expected to reach around 9.7 billion by 2050. Urban vertical farming, which involves much wider use of technology and automation for land-use optimization, exemplifies solutions for improving future food production. The vertical farm approach strives at significantly enhancing productivity and reducing environmental footprint within a framework of high-rise urban, indoor, climate-controlled buildings. Such facilities are claimed to offer many potential benefits as a clean and green food source, along with biosecurity, pest-free, droughts, and reduced transport and fossil fuel use.

As processes of automation and data collection are becoming more common, more areas of the food industry are affected. Technology for urban indoor farming is also shifting. The optimized technology platform "farmer first" brings fresh, healthy food to urban areas throughout the year. This technology relies on data, insights, and tools that help farmers learn throughout the year to grow non-GMOs, pesticide-free and delicious foods. Its platform has a network of customizable cloud-connected farms built within shipping containers. Each farm has its controlled climate optimized for the cultivation of certain crops.

Check This Out: Top Agtech Companies

It's also easy to scale urban indoor farming. Each container farms can grow 100 pounds of products per week, so they can add farms where necessary to meet market needs. The cloud-connected farms collect millions of real-time data points that can be analyzed using machine learning techniques to assess how changes in specific environmental parameters can affect the final product's yield and taste. More climates mean more feedback loops in more containers, which mean better learning.

Urban agriculture technology draws local and real food to people around the world in cities and empowers the next generation of urban farming leaders. Urban farms have the potential to transform the world's agriculture.

Few Agtech Companies: FolioGrow, Raven Industries, TKXS

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