The Weekly Stripe – 25.10.19
Urban and rural worlds are often conceived as opposing realities. Classic literature depicts the rural world as a paradisiac place, in contrast to the frenetic life of urban settings. Given the increasing trend and sensitivity towards sustainable cities, these two opposed categories are likely to become part of the same reality. Technology is playing a key role in the process.
Increasingly cheap technology is helping vertical farming become a reality as LED technology generate only the colours that plants require.
Cities will need to be sustainable in order to cope with the urbanization phenomenon. The design of future cities’ will need to take food production into account.
The potential to grow food in small spaces, under any environmental conditions, is the biggest advantage in an urban context. Increasingly, hydroponic technology provides a ‘considerable source of industrially grown produce’.
The UN predicts that we may reach 9.7 billion people by 2050. Maarten Elferink and Florian Schierhorn investigate whether crop yields are growing too slowly to meet the forecasted demand for food.
As demand for food increases, big data analytics now play a key role in managing indoor agriculture environments. Chris Taylor and Michael Rose of The Mixing Bowl look analyse the technology ecosystem behind the growth of “Indoor Ag”.