When — and what — we’ve eaten in the past, may not be when or what we eat in the future. And along the way, we just might make a dent in solving World Hunger, too. How?
It’s being successfully done in the Chicago area, where the original concept was to make use of abandoned warehouses (preferably ones with multi-stories), and refit them with LED lighting, regulated oxygen/humidity levels, and water sprinklers (among other things), in an effort to simulate a growing season. Think of the positive contributors to this idea. No pests and, therefore, no pesticides needed (pure, organic food). An even light exposure, utilizing the perfect light ratio for plant growth. (No waiting for a sunny day here!) Even moisture and humidity would enhance an already-good growing environment. (Droughts would no longer plague our food sources.) No expensive machinery like tractors would be needed to manage the crops. And, finally, the ability to harvest a continuous crop with a predictable volume.
And now, added to this great idea, is another.
Shipping containers that are used to export goods usually return to their home ports with empty cargo containers. Vertical farming is one way the ships can guaranty additional income to their companies.
Imagine a country able to ship cargo to distant ports for sale in exchange for the return of much-needed food? Something as simple as this could help resolve the food-shortage issues that Venezuela is currently experiencing. And, they aren’t the only country to face this growing issue. As the world population grows, the demand for food will grow exponentially.
Imagine being able to actually predict what foods will be needed — and where — to all the regions on our planet.
Imagine ending World Hunger.
Imagine healthy children able to grow and contribute without the fear and horror of famine.