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Vertical Farming: Fresher. Tastier. Localer


By now, I think many people have realized about the big cons of consuming GMO products (Genetically Modified Organism), also known as ‘transgenic’. But, to be honest, I’ve met just a few persons in my life that have actually changed their food habits for better. Think about all the food needed to sustain a serious increasing percentage of urban population in certain cities. Where does all that food is going to come from? or, should I say, where does all that junk is going to come from?


From horizontal to vertical

Nowadays, it is certainly not that difficult to at least, grow your own vegetables at home. But why aren’t we doing it already?  I am going to go through some of the reasons why you should at least think about trying vertical gardening once in your life. Because, I really think there is not a lot of alternatives to bring down the non-cool food corporations… The ones not caring about the animal, plants & of course, our health.


5 reasons why you should go vertical gardening

  1. Fresh food all year. No weather-related crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests. Vertical farming also reduces the incidence of infectious diseases that come out from the agricultural interface.
  2. No transgenic factors involved. Vertically farmed food is grown organically: no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.
  3. Sustainable & eco-friendly. It creates sustainable environments for urban centers. It also reduces dramatically the use of fossil fuel (no tractors, plows, shipping)
  4. Economic opportunity. Converts abandoned urban properties into food production centers & creates new employment opportunities.
  5. Decorative (because I also like the beautiful)

We are copulating like rabbits, but still eating like humans

According to the United Nations Population Division, the world population will increase to 9.2 billion in 2050 or an addition of about 2.3 billion more people to feed. This fact is of big interest as the land area of the Earth is limited to about 13 billion hectares. All the process involved in producing food for big amount of people is every time more difficult. So, what are you actually doing today to get a safer and sustainable food resource? Remember, you are what you eat, and what regular supermarkets have, it’s not always the best for your health, don’t you think so?

Imagine a world where everybody grow at least their own vegetables. Then we could have a shared economy situation, where everybody exchanges & sales their surplus. Yes, I don’t want to get very idealistic, but, I think this is certainly a good economic opportunity for all Countries.



Big opportunities, what will you do?

Vertical farming can be a big change affecting our daily life & also the history of agriculture. In one moment, there is no need of large number of acres to produce food and there are many risks avoided on the growing process. Big opportunities in front of us, but are we actually going to do something about it?



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Alexander Chacon
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