The arable land of the 21st century

Ver­ti­cal farms lead to

• resilient cities - ful­fill­ing Glob­al Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals
• new services
• acti­va­tion of pub­lic spaces for mar­ket, trade, gas­tron­o­my and leisure
• trans­paren­cy in food production
• trans­paren­cy in the food pro­duc­tion chain
• healthy organ­ic local pro­duced food products
• sup­port for an ener­gy opti­mized urban plan­ning and urban ener­gy design.

It fur­ther secures

• tech­nol­o­gy- and inno­va­tion lead­er­ship and
• strength­ens the inter­na­tion­al competitiveness

Com­pared to con­ven­tion­al agri­cul­ture ver­ti­cal farms have to be devel­oped to rad­i­cal­ly reduce

• the over­all ener­gy con­sump­tion of the food sector
• the cul­ti­va­tion area to more than fifty fold
• water consumption
• pes­ti­cide use
• fer­til­iz­er use
• the depen­den­cy from food imports and its social, eco­log­i­cal and eco­nom­ic costs
• the CO2 footprint
• eco­nom­ic, social and health costs of the food miles and
• the depen­den­cy on fos­sil fuels

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