Urban agricultural technology should be implemented to help produce at least 30% of cities’ fruits and vegetables by 2030, thereby increasing food resilience.
This was one of the key points published in a report published by the Tony Blair Institute For Global Change titled “How Cities Can Feed Themselves – A Ten Point Plan”.
Indoor vertical farms, which use hydroponics instead of soil, and precision greenhouses, which use artificial intelligence to analyze plants and adjust their growing conditions, benefit from high yields, frequent harvests, a low water consumption and not dependent on outdoor growing conditions.
Although best suited for the production of leafy greens and vine fruits, Precision Greenhouses are also currently experimenting with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and other fruits. Additionally, urban gardens can grow all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Growing crops using traditional seasonal methods has been affected by a number of factors: climate change, complex supply chains, labor shortages, political instability and global crises.
According to forecasts, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 and will consume 80% of all food produced. There is therefore a clear need for fresh, healthy and locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
Singapore has already implemented its “30 by 30” initiative and European cities also aim to develop between 25% (Bets) and 30% (Brussels) of food by 2035 and 2050, respectively.
Urban agtech uses a lot of energy, so it’s ideal for places with access to sustainable energy. In particular, precision farming tools can be used in cities with high food imports and in places where labor is scarce, as well as in peri-urban areas, where land is vast and less dear.
The “Ten point plan” makes it clear that urban space should be seen as an agricultural asset. The role of progressive politics, through updated policies and financial support for research and development, as well as commercial investments, using new and existing buildings for agriculture, are both essential to fill the gap. gap with financial success.
Additionally, proper labeling, as well as education, should be a priority.
Currently, the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production provided $10 million in grants and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture funds genomics research.
Investments in agtech start-ups are explodingsome companies have gone public, and US companies like Appharvest, Benson Hill, and Bowery Farming are among the major players in the controlled-environment farming industry.