Growing Outside the Box: The Modern Concept of Vertical Farming for a Greener Society

(as seen at Yahoo Finance.)

DALLAS, Jan 30th 2012 — Problem: By 2050, 80% of the population
will reside in urban centers and human population will increase by about 3 billion.
Estimated amount of NEW land needed for food: about 25% more than the entire
country of Brazil, however, 85% of suitable land for raising crops is already
in use (Source: NASA), making that needed expansion impossible.
Solution: Energy-reduction technology coupled with Controlled Environment
Agriculture (Greenhouse Grown Produce, Vertical Farming, Multilayer Production)
and other highly innovative horticultural/agricultural practices.
Environment Agriculture provides farmers the ability to cultivate in greenhouses, warehouses, or
skyscrapers, allowing them
to think in cubic feet (not square),
farm new spaces, increase crop density, decrease actual land space, and secure
larger crops. Traditional

can then revert to a natural state, reducing energy costs needed to transport
foods to consumers, and significantly alleviate land issues.
takes special notice of practices like that as they push for a major
sustainability initiative to avert the crisis of depleted land resources.
Principle: Our well-being depends (directly or indirectly) on our natural
environment. Maintaining conditions for humans and nature to exist in
productive harmony fulfills social/economic requirements for present AND future
generations so we will continue to have the water, materials, and resources to
Sustainability has emerged as a result of significant concerns
about the unintended consequences of rapid population growth, economic changes,
and consumption of our natural resources. The EPA controls pollution and levels
of environmental protection, drawing on scientific advances and promoting green
business practices. Artificial lighting has become of specific interest for the
success of future farming initiatives.
Americas (, is, quite literally, lighting and leading the way, working
with powerhouses like Philips ( to innovate LEDs for Horticulture around
the world, reducing costs and energy consumption. The partnership with Philips
is only one example of their Mission: To link Global Manufacturers of
Horticultural Technologies with North American Farmers and Growers.
growers and horticultural researchers are now using products like the Philips
GreenPower LEDs to solve many common-sense problems:
Energy Savings in Growth Chambers
Growing High Density Crops/Leafy Greens in
Warehouses – Decreases heat and amount of land needed
Greenhouse Vegetable Crops – Decreased heat,
allows lights lower in the crop, increasing yield up to 20%
Artificial Lighting of Ornamental Crops – Immediate
energy savings
Vine Crops (Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers) –
Yield improvement
Flower, Strawberry Production – Increased flowering
GreenPower LEDs are available in multiple styles, lengths, and color ranges for
a variety of growing applications and needed work light.
Americas and their partners provide solutions for farms of all sizes and
capacities, from urban growing community projects to Vertical Farming,
hydroponics, and commercial horticulture, playing their role in making the
world a healthier, greener, more sustainable environment in a world dependent
on innovation.
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