In this series lets talk about the future of farming: indoor farms. We’ve talked about why we’ll starve with conventional farming, we’ve talked about indoor farms are, but.. How exactly will indoor farms keep us fed in the apocalypse? What are the absurd advantages of indoor farms?
Be sure to check out Part 1 & 2!
The interior space is its own sealed-off world. Every known influence on the plant’s well being is controlled and optimized. They can dial in temperature, pH and electro-conductivity of the water, nutrient solution, pests, weather, parasitic plants, animals, natural disasters, air humidity, germs, microbe levels, air composition and carbon dioxide levels, seasonality and climate, pollination, lighting intensities and wavelengths, and more.
Since it’s a closed system, all the supplies used are contained and recycled. There is very little uncontrolled waste with indoor farms.
When demand for food outpaces supply, you need increased production. With indoor farms, harvests are continuous, so there’s no gaps in when we will have food. Due to the optimized conditions, plants grow at a much faster rate. The thousands of cameras and sensors used to collect data about the plants is aggregated and optimized with machine learning artificial intelligence to improve the growth speed and quality of the plants, as well as immediately know when the plants need to be harvested.
Indoor farms expand vertically, so they’re more space efficient. They can easily stack levels of farms as high as a skyscraper.
Since indoor farms are location independent, they can be put very close to the consumers and distribution centers. This reduces travel time for produce. Which is very important because after a week, produce will lose around half of its nutrients.
Automation and robotics can more easily be implemented in indoor farms due to its compact and self contained environment. This will improve efficiency and speed of food production. I mean who wants to farm in the apocalypse anyways, season 4 of the walking dead anybody?
Not only is the production so much faster, but the food is much better quality too. You don’t need fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, and insecticides, so none of these chemicals will be in your food.
Soil isn’t actually necessary for plant growth. Which is a good thing since soil is heavy, hard to keep clean, and can contain harmful chemicals and metals. This also means there’s no need to farm with increasingly scarce arable land. Since there is no soil, agricultural runoff contamination isn’t a problem, which means more fresh drinkable water for humans.
Not only is the food healthier, but it’s tastier and contains more variety. In the apocalypse, or if you’re stranded on Mars, you aren’t going to want to eat the same bland feces grown potatoes for years and years. I think if I was Matt Damon I would have gone outside and taken my helmet off after the first week of that.
The carefully controlled environment of the indoor farm means that food can be bred and grown to emphasize certain traits like sweetness, lushness, crispy and crunchiness, bitterness, spiciness, fragrance, and more, on an unbelievably consistent level. The quality is something you might expect at a quaint family farm, but it is all grown by computers and robots in a sterile clean room.
If only the caveman in 70,000BC had some indoor farms.. Well our population would have hit its maximum growth much sooner, we probably would have developed computers thousands of years ago, and would in general be a much more advanced species with flying cars, mars cities, insane virtual reality games, and.. Yah this is a Nerd Punch topic for sure: “If humans didn’t almost go extinct, how advanced would we be today?”
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Watch first video to learn Why We'll STARVE Without Indoor Farms
Watch second video to learn What an indoor farm actually is.
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