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Vertical Farming


The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled- environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. They try to do too many things at once. - A common pitfall of many vertical farms is attempting to both grow food for market while productizing and selling the technology they're using to grow their food. Reflecting on their own shuttered operations, each of the three panelists echoed this warning about labor: Don't overlook your labor costs. All three panelists express similar challenges regarding the workers on their respective farms. While the wages were relatively low (ranging from $9-15 per hour), labor costs added up quickly thanks to the farms' growing techniques 3.

How AI is helping farmers to save thousands of dollars – AI.Business


Food and agribusiness comprise a $5 trillion industry that accounts for 10 percent of global consumer spending, 40 percent of employment and 30 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions. This massive industry does not change easily, but change – transformative innovation – is precisely what's needed. We collected some examples of artificial intelligence techniques that can help farmers to save thousands of dollars. Three years ago Belarusian startup OneSoil was created. It's an online service to monitor the status of sown areas, which can increase productivity and save resources with the help of artificial intelligence.

Images reveal plans for 30m solar-powered farm to be built in the Sahara

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Sahara Desert may be the last place you'd expect to yield plants and vegetables. In its latest move, the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) will build a 30 million'farm' over 10 hectares in Tunisia in a bid to diversify the environment and bring jobs, food and drinking water to the area. The Sahara Forest Project (SFP) will begin building a 30 million'farm' (example illustrated) over 10 hectares in Tunisia in a bid to diversify the predominantly desert environment and bring jobs, more food and readily available water to the area Today, more than 800 million around the world are'food insecure'. This means they don't know where their next meal will come from, and this number is set to rise as the global population increases and our planet warms up. Water scarcity already affects a large portion of the global population and this is another challenge the SFP hopes to address.

Giant greenhouses to use sewage farm heat to produce vegetables

Daily Mail - Science & tech

New greenhouses the size of 26 football pitches are being built in East Anglia to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers using heat from sewage farms. Low Carbon Farming is building greenhouses that are heated by wastewater processing in a bid to make the UK more self-sufficient in some food products. At the moment the UK imports the majority of its tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers - often bringing them in from countries with water shortages. The new project will eventually see Low Carbon Farming spend £2.67 billion to open 43 sewage heated greenhouses across the UK over the next five years. The first two greenhouses are being opened in Bury St Edmunds and Norfolk, with heat supplied by sewage farms operated by Anglian Water.

First farm to grow veg in a desert using only sun and seawater

New Scientist

That's all a new, futuristic-looking greenhouse needs to produce 17,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year in the South Australian desert. It's the first agricultural system of its kind in the world and uses no soil, pesticides, fossil fuels or groundwater. As the demand for fresh water and energy continues to rise, this might be the face of farming in the future. An international team of scientists have spent the last six years fine-tuning the design – first with a pilot greenhouse built in 2010; then with a commercial-scale facility that began construction in 2014 and was officially launched today. Seawater is piped 2 kilometres from the Spencer Gulf to Sundrop Farm – the 20-hectare site in the arid Port Augusta region.