Vertical farms are the future of farming.
Before you read further please read this: Indoor Robotic Vertical Farming
In the article, you read that the company SPREAD was developing robotic vertical farming. Weather is a big consideration when looking at the benefits to this, but besides not having to worry about the effects of the outside weather, you also don’t have to worry as much about insect infestations (although, you still will get SOME, but considerably less), and you don’t have to worry about wildlife devastating a crop area.
Knowing this we can take a look at the pesticides (and other chemicals) we use and try to reduce that amount (which makes the veggies healthier for our bodies as we consume them). I’d suspect also that at full scale you could get a much better yield of crop per unit as well.
To my second point about the wildlife –
Photo Credit: (Chad Soard) Kentucky Fish & Wildlife
Here in Texas, and in many other places (like Kentucky in the photo), we have an tremendous overpopulation of Wild Boar. When they come through an area, they completely devastate it. Along with eating the crops themselves, they “root” through and destroy seeded areas, and they also spread disease to the ecosystem (which includes the water sources that farmers relay on to support their land).
This is another factor in farming that lessens when we move crops indoors and why I think its important, from an Ecological standpoint, to look at solutions such as this.
Silicon Discourse: SPREAD Robotic Farming
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife: Wild Pigs