Urban Health Farms will take a proven concept that is scalable, safe and healthy, and use it to create a global network of indoor vertical farms that will nourish the Earth’s population. In order to fulfil this vision, we must draw upon our knowledge and experience with world-renowned professionals from industries such as finance, food production, logistics, environmental engineering and agribusiness management.
The last few years have proven that the cutting-edge technology that is the cornerstone of the indoor vertical farming industry is now at a point to match major global issues including a growing population, agricultural inefficiencies and climate-related environmental obstacles. This knowledge is shared by some of the world’s largest companies, including Goldman Sachs, Prudential, IKEA and Foxconn and the World Wildlife Fund, who are “trying to spark an indoor farming revolution.” These global companies have all made large investments into this industry.
So, what have they seen of this innovative technology to be so confident of its success? We imagine they have seen the advanced technology, world-leading automation, precise quality controls, the cutting-edge robotics, the 90% water reduction from advanced hydroponics systems, the 90% land reduction due to tiered farming and the innovative use of the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps they have seen how all of these things can synchronise to distribute quality, healthy food at a large scale to a global market without bringing about more ecological damage. Perhaps they’ve opened their eyes to the versatility of indoor farming and how it can be leveraged to grow rare spices and aromatic plants, all kinds of berries, and plants for medicinal and pharmaceutical compounds. More commercial applications means more revenue and we have been researching further types of produce that we will be growing and selling within the next 2 – 5 years at a significant profit.
A core part of our vision is a distribution strategy that reduces carbon emissions, road miles, transportation costs and distance from farm to market. The entire chain is simplified through Urban Health Farms’ model, which will be developed in populated urban areas in order to grow produce as close to the areas where people live and consume as possible. By cutting out several stages of transportation and middlemen we can drive down consumer costs and preserve the freshness and nutrition of our products. Our aim is to sell a smaller percentage of indoor vertically farmed produce direct to customers, and a larger percentage direct to local retail outlets.
The global adoption of indoor vertical farming will revolutionise food production and distribution, updating an industry well in need of modernisation.