More and more the talk of the global agriculture diaspora centres on the ever increasing global population and the threat of food insecurity. Currently the global agri food system is steeped in money, food wastage and an economical contrived structure that makes it extremely difficult to feed the world. That being said it is not impossible. However fighting the giant that is today’s food system is not the best route to solving food and nutrition issues for developing countries.
In the nation of Singapore, one company has made strides to tackle the issue via vertical farming. This concept has been feature on tech4agri before. However it is no longer a concept and very much a viable agricultural technique. Sky Greens has had created a powerful system to bring fresh grown vegetables to the country’s local food system. For more on their efforts visit this VIDEO LINK.
According to their website, Sky Greens
“The World’s first low carbon hydraulic water-driven, tropical vegetable urban vertical farm, using green urban solutions to achieve enhanced green sustainable production of safe, fresh and delicious vegetables, using minimal land, water and energy resources.”
It has been featured on the American blog BigAgriculture.com as part of a series videos entitled “Food For 9 billion” on Food Security innovations and initiatives from around the world, produced by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), also based in the USA.
Once again we see technology that can make a huge difference but is it adaptable to other countries. Firstly the technology is patented meaning the phrase ‘low carbon hydraulic water driven, urban vertical farm’ is off limits. Secondly although Singapore maybe classified as a developing country it is fast developing and one of the more wealthier countries.
However Sky Greens is certainly a benchmark to follow. And with its model now perfected, the example has been set for those nations in dire need of solving or at least reducing the threat of food insecurity. Therefore the the method will be different especially given varying factors such as climate, resources, and technicality however the problem it solves is not, meaning vertical farming is in fact a viable avenue in the future of farming.