Maximizing Space for Indoor Farms
Experts have predicted that by the year 2050, the world’s population will reach nearly 10 million people. Of those 10 million, close to 80% of people will live in urban areas.
In order to support this rapid rate of growth and urbanization, a tremendous increase in food production will need to take place. Unfortunately, this will mean converting wild lands into farmlands for agricultural purposes.
Vertical farming—the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers within indoor environments—is one solution that would allow urban areas to to expand while remaining mostly self-sufficient in terms of food production.
In addition to its environmental and sustainability benefits, vertical farming also gives chefs in urban cities access to fresh, locally-sourced produce year-round, without needing to import it from rural areas.
There’s no denying that vertical farming is on the rise, but one challenge these farmers must face is working within limited indoor growing areas, especially in high cost of living cities.
Spacesaver ActivRAC heavy-duty mobile shelving can optimize indoor farm spaces, allowing for increased production.
This high-density storage system eliminates wasted aisle space between the growing racks, allowing more vertical shelving units to be placed within the existing space. Accessing the aisles is easy—with the turn of a handle or push of a button, the shelves will slide apart.
Using Spacesaver ActivRAC, vertical farms may be able to boost their growing areas by more than 30%, without the need for costly renovations or expansions. With the ability to grow more produce within the same amount of space, the future of vertical farming looks promising.
Interested in learning more about how our heavy-duty storage systems can transform your indoor or vertical farm? Contact Systems & Space today for more information!