Technology developed for the cannabis industry is on the leading edge of one of the most significant changes in the history of world food production.
Indoor farming is “the future of agriculture,” according to a recent article in Futurism Magazine.
“New technologies are changing the equation, allowing people to grow food in places where it was previously difficult or impossible, and in quantities akin to traditional farms,” the magazine reported.
However, the magazine also noted that setting up an indoor farm is often not an easy task. “Vertical farmers need to know how to operate the technology, including systems that control elements such as soil contaminants and water availability, that nature takes care of on a traditional farm.”
Some companies are now offering “automated farms” that are simple to operate, and require little knowledge about farming or technology. Grow Pod Solutions is one such company, Their indoor farms are built into re-purposed shipping containers and feature innovations such as greenhouse control software, Bipolar Ionization, automatic dosing, fertigation scheduling and full-time surveillance. The systems conserve water, have minimal energy costs, and produces clean, pesticide-free crops.
According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation study, indoor farms are “critical” to combat hunger. And EcoWatch said, “Urban farms could supply almost the entire recommended consumption of vegetables for city dwellers, while cutting food waste and reducing emissions from the transportation of agricultural products.”
The future of farming may indeed be found in these re-purposed shipping containers. With powerful technology packed inside, these transportable units represent the future of farming.