future of farming

Vertical Farming will help to feed a soaring human population – without exhausting the Earth’s finite resources.

A planet in peril

Today, we struggle to feed all of humanity and to minimise our environmental impact; and, as the population continues to grow, we threaten to overwhelm our planet. Vertical Farming uses otherwise unproductive land – and massively increases yields – and will ‘load-balance’ food production by freeing up arable land for crops that cannot be grown in this way.

Non-renewable resources under threat

Conventional farming needs good land and water, both of which are disappearing. 

 

The best land is near rivers where people congregate and where towns and cities develop; and there is a very large amount of good land being concreted for buildings, factories, roads and car parks.  That displaces farming to poorer-quality soils and natural habitats. Those soils are more prone to erosion and even good soils which have not been covered by concrete are losing massive quantities of topsoil. 

 

Water is also becoming a major issue. 25% of global food production comes from aquifer water, which takes thousands of years to recharge.  Most of that will be gone in the next few decades. A large percentage of the remaining water comes from river irrigation systems, which is also running out due to too much agriculture and erratic rainfall.  This is causing many rivers to run dry and not even reach the sea.  Finally, rain-based monsoonal farming, such as practiced in India, south east Asia and southern China, are becoming more volatile with crops failing regularly due to lack of rain. 

 

These problems are real today and becoming worse. These practices are already unsustainable and expanding populations will make them far more serious in the future.

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Impact on the natural world

The impact on the natural world is even more dramatic. Humans are causing mass extinctions around the planet. This is directly linked to human population growth, the growth of cities and the destruction of the natural world for farming, mining, forestry products and overfishing.

Fischer Farms: the future of farming

Fischer Farms directly addresses these issues of good land, water and species extinction.

 

  • We use very little land as we grow vertically, and we get significantly more harvests per year out of the same space. For every single acre of land that Fischer Farms occupies, you would need 250 acres of conventional farmland to produce the same amount of food.
  • We use less than 5% of the water required by field-grown crops: once our closed system is charged, water is recycled, so the only water we lose is in the cell structure of the plants we sell.
  • Our facilities can be sited on flat land of any quality, close to towns and cities, meaning we don’t need to encroach on the habitats of the animals with whom we share our planet.

This is the future of farming.  It is not just exciting.  It gives us hope.