UN research predicts that by 2050, the world’s population will have grown by another 2.3 billion and 66% of the world’s population will inhabit cities. Meanwhile, 80% of the world’s agriculture appropriate land is already in use. The solution seems to be easy: the farming of the future is indoor and vertical.
For this reason Philips has opened its state-of-the-art GrowWise Center at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in order to provide tailor-made LED light growth recipes, making it possible for producers to increase their yields and grow tasty and healthy food indoors, all year round.
The new 234 m² facilityis equipped with lighting for horticulture LED fully customizable to the needs of growth of the plantation and the producer. There will be space for green leafy vegetables, fruits and herbs. But there will also carbohydrate-rich crops, such as wheat and potatoes. All indoor, with a system of artificial illumination and using very little water.
This way, indeed, gives a set of interesting advantage: you can get better quality products, which grow in a more sustainable way and with no need of pesticides, using a fraction of the water, energy and land required by conventional farming. “Our aim is to develop the technology that makes it possible to grow tasty, healthy and sustainable food virtually anywhere. The research we are undertaking will enable local food production on a global scale, reducing waste, limiting food miles and using practically no land or water,” said Gus van der Feltz, Philips Global Director of City Farming.
Could the indoor farming be the solution to food shortages and the waste of resources? "With the latest technologies designed - explains the head of the department of sustainability Philips, Nicola Kimm - to produce a kilo of tomatoes will suffice 5 liters of water, compared to 30 used to grow the same amount in conventional farming in Holland and 60 in Spain”.
So, this solution will allow less waste of soil, water and energy, as well as to bring us to a better quality of products, but are we ready to see huge factories instead of farmlands?