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Farming to Save the Environment

Traditional farming systems and vertical farming technology share a dependency on agribusiness and the goal of working towards rapid technological advancements to maximize the efficiency and the yield of the growing process. To provide food sustainably, we must consider all factors of sustainability collectively. This includes environmental, social and economic

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Optimizing Controlled Environment Agriculture

AVF is delighted to introduce its new member from Canada: AgricUltra! Their AMPL Controlled Micro-Environment Agriculture design will provide operators with a higher degree of control over each row of the farm and with that comes more precision, diversity of crops, energy efficiency and many more benefits. AgricUltra Advancements™ core focus is maximizing

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Shorter Supply Chains Through Urban Indoor Farming

There are many reasons why a government or international organization may advocate the introduction of urban indoor farming. This week we look at some of the main motivations for bringing agriculture closer to the consumer. While urban indoor agriculture may have seemed a far-fetched dream in the past, developments in

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Indoor Farming Is the Future

By 2050, there will be 10 billion people on the planet, the majority of whom in cities. Gertjan and Lianne Meeuws behind Eindhoven firm, Seven Steps To Heaven, believe indoor farming is the future. “Our traditional food system is incapable of feeding everyone responsibly.” All of Eindhoven can identify Gertjan

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Rebuilding the Agricultural Economy Post-COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has side-lined climate-change as an issue for many governments. The immediate threat posed by COVID-19 has in many ways placed issues of environmentalism on the backburner in terms of policymaking. It is important to remember, however, that even in the midst of this unprecedented crisis, climate change

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Water Scarcity Threatens Global Food Production

Water scarcity is increasingly becoming a problem not only for developing countries but also for the advanced economies. The continuation of ‘business-as-usual’ practices in agriculture has only exacerbated this problem and increased pressure on global resources. In light of the water scarcity crisis, we look this week at some of

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Our Fresh-Produce Supply Chain After Covid-19: How Vertical Farming Can Play a Key Role

With the corona-virus pandemic unexpectedly and fully exposing the vulnerabilities of our current fresh-produce supply chains, re-engineering them toward resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability has just become an urgent imperative. This article, written by AVF Vice Chair Joel Cuello, is published in the July/August 2020 issue of RESOURCE, the periodical magazine

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