Growing upward: future farms in NC could be vertical

By Luke Shealy

LED lights help grow the seedlings without any natural light inside N.C. State’s Horticulture Field Lab (Luke Shealy / Carolina Connection).

The UN estimates that by 2050, there could be nearly ten billion people on earth, putting a strain on the food supply. But the solution to feeding the world may be growing upwards instead of outwards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing in vertical farming in the hope that it will increase production. At N.C. State University, students and faculty are experimenting with new technology and studying how this could affect North Carolina’s agricultural future.

Luke Shealy  reports.

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