As the world’s population grows and climate change accelerates, farmers are increasingly turning to biotechnology, engineering and data science to sustainably grow enough food to feed everyone. Futurism correspondent Ed Vega explores what some farms of the future may look like as innovation changes the way we produce food.
Vertical Farming for the Future
Beyond providing fresh local produce, vertical agriculture could help increase food production and expand agricultural operations as the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. And by that same year, two out of every three people are expected to live in urban areas. Producing fresh greens and vegetables close to these growing urban populations could help meet growing global food demands in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way by reducing distribution chains to offer lower emissions, providing higher-nutrient produce, and drastically reducing water usage and runoff.