We are in a global food crisis. Food security is under increasing pressure as globalised supply chain interdependencies unravel.
From export challenges to environmental unpredictability, the countries we once depended on for seasonal and all-year-round produce are becoming increasingly difficult and unsustainable for UK supermarkets to partner with. There is now a critical need to find new, resilient ways of feeding our nation.
Vertical Farming has the potential to transform the global food supply chain and bolster local economies. It is a revolutionary process, capable of producing yields 250 times greater than traditional farming, delivering quality produce all year round in an incredibly sustainable way and in an environment unaffected by weather conditions and water availability.
The infrastructure can be established in almost any country in the world, regardless of climate and soil quality, providing a significant opportunity for economically disadvantaged and water-scarce regions to transform their food supply chains and revolutionise their economies. They can evolve from net food importers to becoming entirely self-sufficient.
At Fischer Farms we are commencing our journey with salads and leafy greens, grown all year round in a stacked, biosecure, climate-controlled environment. We will use this technology to move to soft fruits. Within the next decade we will have developed the capability to grow calorific staples sustainably at scale, in any location of the world. Our goal is to produce soya beans, peas, rice, and wheat in significant volumes, at price points that compare favourably to global commodity prices.
Our Pioneering Techniques
Our pioneering technology uses less than 5% of the water required for traditional farming, needs no pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides, and runs on 100% renewable energy. The produce we grow is of the highest quality, staying fresher for longer, helping retailers and consumers considerably reduce food waste.
Our journey shows just how scalable this technology can be. We began operations in shipping container in 2017, moved to a 3,200 sq m facility in 2019, and are currently completing the world’s largest vertical farm, which will provide 25,000 sq m of growing space – capable of producing 72,000 bags of salad daily.
We firmly believe that this technology has the real potential to transform the global food supply chain, bolster local economies and address the deepening global food crisis.
Our Non-Executive Chairman, John Stapleton, recently shared his thoughts on this topic with The Grocer. Check out the story on our LinkedIn profile (https://bit.ly/3mmQVln)