LECTURE: Vertical farming - High-tech & high-rise

Doing more with less, that’s the basic idea behind vertical farming. Covering the same space, a vertical farm can produce up to 50 times more food than a horizontal farm. Hydroponics (i.e. growing plants on water) does the rest and reduces water usage with a staggering 95%. This high-tech agriculture could easily be applied in densely populated areas but also in places where you don’t expect it, like the desert. There is a drawback however: the energy consumption is high and it’s pricey.

Prof dr ir Leo Marcelis (Wageningen University), specialized in vertical farming, is optimistic and believes these issues can be solved. I

This lecture is in English and organized in cooperation with Studium Generale UT.