Canada imports about $7 billion of fruits and vegetables from the USA, etc. every year. To make us less dependent on imported foods and potential tariffs, urban vertical farming allows farmers to grow anywhere they can get a facility, water, and electricity. Specifically, we can grow within urban areas and rapidly scale operations to changing market demands.
Urban vertical farming is now a high-tech industry. Urban vertical farming yields benefits and the indoor agriculture advantages over the status quo are substantial. It virtually eliminates the uncertainty of weather-related challenges and enables 24-hour day, 365 days/year operations. Sensor monitoring packages that connect all segments of an indoor farm to the IIOT central information system.
Indoor urban vertical farming can get as much as 350 times the produce out of a given acre of land, using 99% less water. “Urban vertical farming is the most efficient [form of agriculture] in terms of the amount of productive capacity per dollar spent.” A 100,000 square-foot vertical warehouse facility will grow 4.5 million pounds of greens annually, which is enough to feed around 183,600 people.