Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

All over the globe, cities are turning ‘smart’ and embedding sensors, information management systems, and automation. Unfortunately, most ‘smart cities’ exclude agriculture and food in their dialogue and development. This presentation will ask: “Can a City Really be Smart Without Agriculture”? Henry will bring his knowledge of the spectrum of urban and peri-urban agriculture models and discuss how new scenario analysis tools can help cities understand the potential impact of strategies to make cities smarter through data-driven agriculture planning, management, and distribution. A discussion on lessons learned in working with cities on urban and vertical farming will be discussed as well as best practices for engaging them.

About Henry Gordon-Smith
Henry Gordon-Smith is Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting. Henry helps clients identify and focus their goals and prepares consulting proposals. Henry also manages the entire Agritecture Consulting team. He is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. In 2011, he started the blog and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on planning and launching urban agriculture projects. Henry grew up around the world and has a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

About Agritecture Consulting
Founded in 2014, Agritecture Consulting (formerly Blue Planet Consulting) provides advisory services in the design, planning, implementation and operation of urban agriculture projects.

We offer our clients the tools, data, ideas, network, and expertise needed to ensure their success. We consult globally and are based in New York City.

Agritecture Consulting’s expertise is in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), a rapidly developing industry that is gaining traction and predicted to be valued at $9 billion by 2020. Our project experience includes hydroponic greenhouses, vertical farms, and sustainability learning labs.

About Vertical Farming Conference
The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply. Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed.Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can we feed more people on limited agricultural land, with limited resources? How can we best use space, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population? What can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in an urban environment? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions.

The Vertical Farming Conference is part of the two-day Agri Food Innovation Event (June 27-28, 2018), which includes four dedicated conferences (Healty Nutrition Conference, Vertical Farming Conference, 3D Food Printing Conference, Smart Farming Conference, Central expo and a Networking Dinner.

The location, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, is in a region in which the agri-food business is one of the most productive, sustainable and profitable in the world; where food innovation is in the entrepreneurs’ DNA.

2 Replies to “Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting”

  1. Would it be possible for urban farming in smart cities to meet ,at least a part, of their residents requirements of cereals, oil seeds and grain legumes? or they will have to depend on conventional farming?

    1. I believe that the only way to ‘feed cities’ would be to strategically maximize the diversity of farms in, around, and in the surrounding region of cities. Regional agriculture will include conventional farms, but they will need to be smart farms. Data collection and analysis is key to the long-term success of this vision. Incentives would need to be developed and implemented for farmers to actively participate. This approach will increase the likelihood of achieving the desired urban self-reliance outcome and also increase urban resiliency.

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