Is vertical farming the future?
More than 70 percent of the world's water supply goes to the agricultural sector and in the U.S. alone, more than 300 million kilos of pesticides are used each year. Climate influences also cause farmers to have unpredictable harvests. In New York, Bowery uses (formerly) unusable industrial buildings to grow more than 100 varieties of lettuce in so-called vertical farms. The heads of lettuce are planted indoors in vertical rows, so the harvest per square metre is many times higher than with traditional cultivation. They have managed to have a constant harvest throughout the year while using 95 percent less water and no pesticides. Bowery believes their way of growing is a scalable, sustainable way to grow more types of food for a healthier environment and a better future.