Can Vertical Farming Help Achieve Zero Emissions?

7 Mar

Bill Gates on energy and climate change.

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In order for our planet to survive (and thrive) Bill Gates argues that we must work towards a zero carbon emissions society.  His Goal? Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

How do we innovate to zero?  Our solution:  bring the farm to the people! Growing food close to where the majority of people live, using vertical farming systems, greatly reduces CO2 emissions caused from extensive distribution and transportation.  Vertical farming further reduces CO2 emissions by eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides (which rely heavily on petroleum for production).

While vertical farming alone may not be able to achieve a zero emissions society, we believe it’s one step towards doing so.  What other agricultural innovations will help us to innovate to zero, while providing enough food for the rapidly growing population?

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