Futures Forum: Vertical forests... vertical gardens...
Although it is not without controversy:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: greening the grey >>> "Is the trend for foliage on buildings a fig leaf for poor design?"
We now have vertical farms:
Futures Forum: Vertical farming
And that has a political dimension too - including the notion that land need not be 'limited':
Futures Forum: Sustainable development >>> land is not a limited resource >>> and there are no limits to growth
Particularly, it's about sustainability:
How sustainable is vertical farming? - phys.org
The Good, the Bad, and the New: Vertical Farms & Modern Agriculture by Lydia Scherr
The Welsh government is interested:
Vertical Farming: A new future for food production? | Farming Connect
As is the Scottish government:
Scotland champions hi-tech indoor farming | The Scottish Farmer
Scotland's first vertical indoor farm unveiled at Hutton Dundee site | The James Hutton Institute
Scotland’s first vertical farm ‘arguably world’s most advanced’
Aug 28, 2018
A Scottish agri-tech business has just unveiled its first indoor vertical farm demonstration facility in Perthshire.
The firm behind it, Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd (IGS) says the facility at the James Hutton Institute is arguably the most technically advanced indoor farm in the world.
The unit uses patented power and communications technologies to address the key challenges facing the indoor farming industry.
The cost of power and labour, as well as the inability to produce consistent and quality produce at scale, have inhibited vertical farming’s expansion to-date. However, the Perthshire site has been designed to overcome these barriers while also significantly lowering the cost of production.
With global market growth predicted at 24% over the next three years, the opportunities for IGS are substantial, with over 95% of its technology solutions expected to be exported.
Vertical farming offers huge reductions in water wastage, the elimination of the use of pesticides and a huge reduction in food miles. It allows produce to be grown locally and on demand, which could reduce fresh food waste by up to 90%.
The unit uses artificial intelligence and other technical solutions to reduce energy usage by 50% and labour costs by 80% compared with other indoor growing environments. It also can produce yields of up to 200% more than that of a traditional greenhouse...
Scotland's first vertical farm 'arguably world's most advanced' - Agriland.co.uk