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Right this second, there are 7+ billion people living on our planet. That’s 7 billion mouths to feed, and that number is only continuing to grow. The earth could hold more than 8 to 11 billion people in less than 30 years, by 2050.
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If you’re in the food sector, you’re probably already aware of the growing food needs of earth’s population. The question then becomes, how do you keep up? Most farmers realize that while enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, the issue is one of distribution and access. Many people can’t afford to purchase food or may not have access to land to grow the food they need. It’s clear that food production must increase to keep up with the demand, and at a higher rate than might be expected. The amount of food produced isn’t the same as the amount of food that reaches people.
Fortunately, there are myriad measures farmers can implement to help increase their yields in a sustainable way. Vertical farming — or using indoor space to grow crops — is a way to produce more food, more efficiently. The accompanying resource describes the benefits of vertical farming and how to make the process more effective.