Is Vertical Farming the Investment of the Future?

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As the global population inches closer and closer to the 8-billion-people mark, the amount of sustenance needed to keep everyone fed continues increasing — placing stress on every aspect of our food system in the process. Farming of fresh produce in particular faces difficulties in scaling up production to meet our growing demand, largely due to the need for more space in which to grow crops. The primary way farmers have responded has been to gradually adopt more efficient equipment for planting and harvesting crops, but the way we farm the land itself has largely remained unchanged. However, a new type of farming is currently knocking on the barn door: Vertical farming is catching the eyes of farmers and investors alike.

With its less expensive and more sustainable methods, vertical farming may soon see more widespread utilization thanks to some of its key benefits. Not only can vertical farming reduce costs associated with production (and pass those savings along to consumers), but drought-affected regions across the globe may also be better able to grow just as much produce with a fraction of the water traditional crops require.

Curious to find out how this concept could change commerce, our climate — and the investing world? Join us for a look into vertical farming and the ways it may be an investment worth seeding.