Vertical farms can boost community engagement while making good use of vacant urban spaces, the founder of a vertical farming start up says.
InvertiGro founder and CEO Ben Lee will showcase vertical farming, which makes use of urban space to grow food, at the City of Sydney’s Emergent 2050 expo next month.
He says vertical farming is good for community engagement and sustainable food production and has particular benefits for children in urban areas.
“The reality is that with the shifting weather patterns, being able to grow efficiently in a controlled environment is actually better because you can control the amount of output thereby reducing waste,” he says.
“And in a controlled environment, you’re growing product that is cleaner and safer to eat without the risk of microbial contamination, which has happened in some instances in field grown products.”
Mr. Lee says vertical farming is being widely adopted overseas.
“It’s already starting to be seen as more commonplace, especially in the US and Europe, where larger corporations or businesses are adopting these as part of their strategy for food production, and also to reduce their carbon footprint through the distribution chain,” he says.
“And with more and more of these business coming to the fore, and more focus on it, it’s already becoming part of the landscape rather than being totally futuristic.”