5 Things You Didn't Know About Vertical Farming

5 Things You Didn't Know About Vertical Farming

New to the VF space? No worries – we’ve got the top 5 interesting facts about this industry that you can bring up at any party!

1. The Carbon Footprint of VF…
Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, Vertical Farms can have a higher Carbon Footprint compared to traditional farms. Whilst physically more resilient to climate change, the high energy use of many VFs still produce GHGs that contribute to warming the climate, assuming they are tied to the grid.
This is why we see more and more VF going off-grid, and why many of these businesses are looking into energy-saving technologies to not only make their farms less water and labour intensive, but to combat carbon emission use.


Source: OneFarm

2. VF is going to SPACE!

Yes, you read right. Companies like Starlab Oasis are investing AgTech ventures in space. They claim that:
The unique conditions of space affects the general makeup of seeds making them heartier and able to withstand harsh environments. This has allowed researchers to discover products to enhance and support life on Earth and beyond.
Cool right? We think so!

3. Vertical farming isn’t always vertical?!

Oh, the ambiguity. Hear me out. Some vertical farms, or, in this instance, ‘indoor farms’, can be constructed in ‘shipping containers’ or ‘modules’. And, while some of these extend sky-ward, others expand … outward. These are how they look:

 
Source: ArtStation

4. What can you grow in a Vertical Farm?

57% of indoor farms focus on growing leafy greens. Other products farmed in VF systems include fruit and vegetables (especially tomatoes and soft fruit like strawberries), flowers, and even cannabis and other medicinal plants!


Source: Forbes

5. How many Vertical Farms exist?

In the U.S., in 2019, there was an approximated 2,000 farms, of which 60% of the market was driven by small to medium scale companies. In the U.K., there aren’t any statistics about how many VF there are (although we estimate this number being between 10-20), however, there is an incentive to fast track the number of farms to 40 by 2025.