Vertical farms managed by robots could be the future of agriculture

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With the growing world population, the responsibility to feed it is becoming increasingly difficult. Experts believe that vertical farming is the future.

A Plenty, a San Francisco startup co-founded by Nate Storey, is reinventing and revolutionizing agriculture. Vertical farms are internal and can be placed anywhere, making them crucial at a time when arable land is in decline.

According to Interesting Engineering, the company allows products to be grown throughout the year thanks to the work of robots and artificial intelligence (AI), continuously improving the quality of product growth agricultural and using 95% less water and 99% less land.

“The reality is that there are five places in the world where you can grow fresh fruits and vegetables in a really economical way and all that land is used at this point. Vertical agriculture exists because we want to increase global capacity of fruits and vegetables fresh and we know it’s necessary, ”explained Storey, in an interview with Forbes magazine.

“Imagine a 1,500-acre farm [607 hectares]. Now, imagine it fitting into your favorite grocery store, growing up to 350 times more. This is efficient ”, reads on the website Plenty.

The indoor air-conditioned farms of Plenty are rows of plants situated side by side, growing vertically and hanging from the ceiling. There are robots to move them and the company uses AI to manage water, temperature and light.

With LED lights that mimic the Sun situated above them, the plant environment is continuously optimized to ensure that they have the best yields possible.

The water used is recycled and the evaporated water is captured to reuse. In addition, the main farm in San Francisco is also using energy 100% renewable.

According to the company’s website, the technology “releases ‌agriculture‌ ‌deas‌ ‌restrictions‌ from weather conditions, seasons, ‌time, ‌distance, ‌pests, naturaisnatural disasters and climate” and produces plants‌ free of genetically modified organisms on a scale with‌ “extraordinary flavor‌”.

The farm is so successful that it produces 400 times more food per acre – about a thousand times more food per hectare – than a flat farm.