Is Vertical Farming the Way Forward?

Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms.

Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called Bowery, located in New Jersey. Using LED lighting that mimics natural light and instead of soil, growing hydroponically, they are producing over 80 different varieties of greens. Watering, moving plants, changing lighting, or atmosphere are being automated to save labor and energy costs.

Growing 365 days a year

Other indoor growers include AeroFarms, Edenworks, Freshbox Farms, and Green Sense Farms. They can grow 365 days a year, and each incorporates different types of growing such as aeroponics and aquaponics. And these new farms are allowing fresh vegetables to be brought to the table in a very short span of time.

Time will tell if the farms will continue after the seed money is gone. The best way growers can continue to see a bright future is to continue to cut costs by automating the processes that lack in efficiency. The lowest hanging fruit in the automation curve is the nutrient delivery or fertigation process. This is where the Dosatron Nutrient Delivery System (NDS) comes in to play.

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The Economic Development In Africa Report 2017 ‘Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth’

Geneva, 29 June 2016 – Reaching the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, having a medical procedure in Tunisia, observing Rhino’s at an eco-lodge in Namibia, rafting the Zambezi River, these are all forms of a growing and eclectic tourism industry in Africa. This year, UNCTAD’s ‘Economic Development in Africa Report 2017’ focuses on ‘Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth’ and encourages African countries to harness the dynamism of the tourism sector.

The United Nations designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The tourism sector has been praised for its capacity to stimulate economic growth through the creation of jobs and by attracting investment and fostering entrepreneurship, while also contributing, if properly harnessed, to the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, protection of cultural heritage and promotion of empowerment of local communities.

The UNCTAD report addresses some of the below key questions:

  • How does tourism contribute to structural transformation and more inclusive growth?
  • How can linkages between tourism and other productive sectors be harnessed to create additional economic opportunities and provide sustainable livelihoods?
  • How can the economic potential of intraregional tourism be fostered and better exploited through deeper regional integration?
  • What is the relationship between tourism and peace?

The ‘Economic Development in Africa Report 2017’ will be launched on 5 July 2017. In New York, a press briefing with Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, New York Office, UNCTAD, will be held in S-237 at UN Headquarters at 11:00am (EST). Join UNCTAD for Press Conferences, and learn about the latest Economic Development in Africa Report from experts.