Given the mass migration of individuals to the big cities, in Australia and beyond, how will they be fed? Well today’s city planners are thinking vertically.

Vertical farming is a revolutionary agricultural tool that can produce a lot of food for a lot of people, while producing no carbon footprint. San Francisco’s Plenty is a technological startup specialising in vertical farming. The firm farm is yielding sufficient produce to line 720 acres of conventional farmland, via only two acres of vertical farms. Plenty states that their farm grows about 400 times more food per acre than the conventional farm space. And much of this work is being accomplished through the power of robots and artificial intelligence.

Plenty applies AI technology to oversee water usage, light, and temperature conditions while raising plants. As it progresses, the AI learns how to grow the crops with increased speed and with better results by comparing the effects of these variables. While this is ideal for food quality, this process preserves resources as well. Plenty estimates that this procedure has involved the use of 99% less land and 95% less water.

In addition, vegetation can be raised sans pesticides and weather risks. Out-of-season plants can be produced close to city homes without the carbon footprint associated with transport. In short, better food can be grown with fewer resources.

Big names like Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Eric Schmidt of Google, and SoftBank are making huge investments in this major agricultural and technological development. Nate Storey, co-founder and chief science officer of Plenty, says that vertical farming could become a global phenomenon—a phenomenon that we certainly hope extends to Australian shores.

Source: My Modern Met.Com