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Is there a future for shipping container farms?

At first sight, farming in a used shipping container in a megacity parking lot might not look like a sustainable source of food. However many believe that there is a huge potential in this field of vertical farming and there are many startups introducing new designs for container farms, most of which are located in the U.S.

Professor Joel Cuello, in a recent lecture for the AVF press team, talked about his prototype for prefabricated container farms at the University of Arizona; he expressed his optimism about the future of this design in the vertical farming industry. The rise in number of companies dedicated to producing food in container farms, or solely refurbishing used shipping containers for the purpose of farming, suggests that this is a paradigm shift for urban agriculture and vertical farms. Local Roots, Square Roots, Modular Farms, Growtainer and Freight Farms are just some of the companies focused on container farms.

There seems to be a divergence between those who see the future of vertical farming in high-rise buildings, those who advocate for the development of plant factories, and those who are more invested in the promotion of container farms. The supporters of container farms endorse this design by touting the benefits of having a farm that is easy to transport, allowing it to be established anywhere. On the other hand, critics point out the difficulties in achieving economic success in urban agriculture through container farms due to lower yields in comparison to high-rise building vertical farms and plant factories.

Read the complete article at Association for Vertical Farming

Publication date: 5/2/2018



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