CityFarm Malaysia encouraging indoor farming

A new organization, CityFarm is looking to inspire farmers around the country and the world to grow indoors. They believe that, as the world's population grows, we will need to change where we grow to meet food demands in the future. Jayden Koay, one of the founders of CityFarm Malaysia, uses hydroponics to grow indoors and thinks many others should do the same. 

With UN predictions pointing at a world population of 9.6 billion by 2050 and 70 percent of them living in the cities, we will need to produce 70 percent more food to feed everyone. Yet, 80 per cent of cultivated land is already in use. Moreover, extreme weather patterns and devastated crops will create higher food prices, and consumers will become more conscious of how their foods are produced.

As our population grows we may need to begin growing indoors to meet demands. “We need sustainable supply. There won’t be enough land,” begins Koay.

Hydroponics is one of the basic farming methods which took the country by storm decades ago. Progress in hydroponic technology makes soilless farming possible within the urban household and this is the key to addressing food supply issues. Now everyone can be a city farmer and part of the food supply process.


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