Ok so one of my new year resolution was to read the newspaper almost every day.
Now I’m thinking, maybe I can blog about some of the articles that I read? I said maybe.
Anyway most of the articles would be food science/safety related.
So this is the article ft my 80 cent kopi.
It’s about high tech farming.Vertical vegetable farms are being used as it provides higher yield when compared to traditional farming. The article talks about Sustenir Agriculture, an indoor farm which produces about 54 tonnes of vegetables a year which is highly efficient considering the small space they are working with. They grow imported varieties like the Tuscan kale and arugula .This reduces the need to import these vegetables thus lowering the carbon footprint*.
The vegetables are grown in rolling racks about 3m tall and are packed together for maximum light absorption from LEDS. The vegetables are also tube fed with nutrients and CO2 comes out through the air con ducts.They are grown and harvested withing 2 weeks which is half the time needed compared to the outdoor farms that grow vegetables under normal conditions(Sustenir Agriculture grows the vegetables between 14 to 22 deg C). They also stay fresh longer than produce imported from overseas.
Growing crops in a controlled environment has its own advantages such as lower carbon footprint and reduced water wastage.
Also, Singapore’s consumption of local produce has increased from 7% in 2010 to 12% in 2014 according to AVA.
I guess it’s good that there is a shift from traditional farming to high tech farming especially since Singapore has little land space.
Also with a global population that is projected to increase by a billion by 2050, we definitly have to resort to more efficient and high yielding methods to feed all the extra mouths. lol Food Security** uh.
*A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
**Food security [is] a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life