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Designing for the Future: Vertical Farming

We love to eat food, but to eat the food it needs to be grown. As humans have evolved the need to cultivate and gather food has evolved with us. There are massive farmlands for corn, livestock, and other crops. But how can we grow more food, especially as we continue to use more land? Is there a way to grow food on less land? One idea is to use vertical farming, or the process of farming vertically (upwards) on stacked layers.


Let’s learn more about vertical farming, what it is, how it works, and what it means for humans. Watch “Vertical Farming- Growing In New Directions” from the California Academy of Sciences. While you watch the video try answering these questions in your notebook:


  1. What is vertical farming?  Why is it a potentially good option for cities?
  2. What are some of the benefits of vertical farming?
  3. What are some of the drawbacks or challenges?



When you finish the video you can share your answers in the form. Share what you learned!


Or share a video response with the team by tagging iamtheCODE on social media using #SDG4.