The United Nations predicts that the world’s population will grow by some 2.5 billion people by 2050 with 80 percent of them living in cities.
At the same time, 80 percent of the land that is suitable for growing food is already in use. Moreover, extreme weather patterns across the globe have devastated crops creating higher food prices. As consumers become more conscious of how their food is produced, it is becoming more difficult for farmers to keep up with urban growth.
All of this is driving innovation of new farming technologies that allow plants to grow without sunlight in indoor environments close to or within cities.
4 SKIES is focused on the use of vertical farms for its projects.
Vertical farming makes more efficient use of land, water and energy to grow food free of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives and GMO seeds. Additionally, it creates dramatically fewer emissions caused by the transportation of food.
The optimization of the cultivation process means a better return on investment and a consistent quality of product for customers. As the global population is estimated to exceed 7.5 billion people by 2030, this sustainable method of farming will become commonplace.
The Tri-Gen-Zero™ model results in an environmentally smaller footprint which can produce large quantities of quality produce, while conserving both energy and water.
Proprietary LED lighting illuminates plants from germination to harvest with customized lighting "recipes" that ensure optimum and uniform growth. Growers can control the exact duration, brightness and spectra of light each crop receives. With LED lighting it is possible to grow crops like herbs, leafy greens, flowers and strawberries indoors, all year long. This would not have been possible previously, because a multi-tiered system in a greenhouse would result in the lower layers of plants being sheltered from sunlight.