As farmland becomes increasingly rare, companies are using LED lighting innovations to turn empty office buildings into farming operations
By 2050, some 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. At the same time the amount of land suitable and available for growing food will be less. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed the growing population, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. As a result, we need to grow more food and we will need to manage it in a better way.
The extreme weather patterns across the world have devastated crops and created higher food prices. Due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, it was estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2 to 2bn tonnes) of all food produced never reached human stomachs in 2013.