The challenges brought by urbanization and the gradual decline of arable land encourage more indoor cultivation. For this reason, the company Future Crops developed the first vertical cultivation in a closed space, which produces its crops in the unique composition of the soil substrate.
The company has established a fully automated indoor vertical farm of 8,000 square meters in Westland, the Netherlands, the “greenhouse center” of Europe. The nine-story building is powered primarily by solar energy and is combined with high precision agricultural technology. It can provide optimal conditions for growing a wide range of herbs and leafy vegetables.
This vertical cultivation method offers fresh quality products and allows the products to regain their original characteristic taste and smell. Which have degraded after decades of using pesticides to increase production.
Agricultural technological innovations
The company uses innovative data-driven technology to tailor ideal environmental conditions for crops to thrive within a highly controlled automated structure. The system controls dozens of parameters of growing conditions, including humidity, temperature and lighting to create optimal climatic conditions suitable for each crop.
According to Gary Grinspan, CEO and co-founder of Future Crops, this agricultural technology has been compared to “plant whisperer”. “Plants will draw what they need from nature. Our team of agronomists can ‘listen’ to each plant to determine its individual needs in real time.”
Plants ‘respond’ with their own unique language, expressed in small nuances such as changes in morphology, shape, size and colour. “Through these signals, our algorithm can be primed to give plants exactly what they need at each stage of their life,” he adds.
A vertical growing system can consistently grow a wide range of leafy herbs and microgreens throughout the year. Completely without pesticides or biological substances, and without dependence on weather conditions.
Rethink the agricultural value chain
Experts warn of food shortages due to a growing population expected to exceed 10 billion in the next decade. Lack of availability fertile land devoted to crops will soon put the planet to the test.
Climate instability, which threatens many crops, contributes to this. These trends have challenged the agricultural industry to rethink agricultural paradigm in a way that enables greater productivity in a more sustainable way and with less resource use.
Additionally, a combination of environmental, logistical and geopolitical bottlenecks are driving initiatives to bring food sources closer to home.
The high-tech vertical agriculture offers the means to achieve voluminous harvests in limited space. Crops planted in branch vertical Future crops They have shown a longer lifespan and reach full growth in a much shorter time.
Which allows for multiple growth cycles. This significantly shortens the farm-to-table supply chain by several weeks, including reducing food mileage.
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