Will the Future of Sustainable Agriculture be Indoors?

Growing food in the traditional manner, by planting in soil outdoors in fields, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but growing indoors has a number of advantages over field-planting, and may be the future of sustainable agriculture.

According to this infographic from the upcoming Indoor Agriculture Conference (Indoor Ag Con), the five big advantages that indoor growing has over outdoor cultivation are as follows:

  1. Indoor farms can be set up almost anywhere on the planet, from urban rooftops to the South Pole.
  2. Indoor growing uses only 10 to 15% of the water that growing outdoors requires.
  3. Vegetables and herbs can be grown and harvested year-round, not just in the summer.
  4. The costs of indoor growing systems keeps dropping, and items such as LED bulbs are expected to drop 50% by 2020.
  5. Indoor farms require less harmful chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides, and indoor produce can have increased levels of vitamins when compared to traditionally grown varieties.



If you’d like to learn more about the potential for indoor agriculture to disrupt the status quo of food production, check out the Indoor Ag Con website, and consider attending the event on May 14-15 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

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lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!