The UN predicts that the world’s population will reach 9 billion by 2050, with 80% of that population living in urban areas. In order to feed these growing cities, we must rethink our food system to efficiently reduce food waste, increase space, and produce more food. Vertical farming can not only sustainably produce healthy food, but also facilitates green jobs and environmental protection on a global scale. This urban agricultural practice uses skyscrapers or other vertical surfaces to cultivate plant life.
Source: Huffington Post
Chicago is home to the nation’s largest indoor vertical farm, FarmedHere. FarmedHere uses soil-free, aquaponic processes to grow chemical- and pesticide-free food in a controlled environment. Urban innovations like FarmedHere serve as potential solutions to the world’s growing food supply concerns by addressing the 5 key factors for sustainable development: environment, economics, social equity, energy, and health. Unlike traditional farming, these practices use space efficiently and reduce energy and travel time. FarmedHere’s mission to grow, sell, and hire locally contributes to a sustainable Chicago economy. By growing fresh, organic produce and making it available in grocery stores throughout the city, FarmedHere ensures equitable access to its products and promotes good health.