Is vertical farming a triple-bottom-line sustainable solution?

Sustainability is often referred to as the “triple bottom line” meaning economic, social, and environmental impact. This presentation will assess how well vertical farming is doing across the 3 areas today by exploring real-world vertical farming case studies. The future of vertical farming will also be explored to determine if there is a future for this rapidly accelerating form of agriculture to have a comprehensive sustainability solution.

Interview with Henry Gordon-Smith

What drives you?
I believe we are nearly out of time as humanity and I am driven to help us adapt to climate change.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
This conference is filled with a perfect mix of science, business, and technology.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
I think that breeding for indoor farms could have a “game-changing” effect on the sector.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
It is possible that breeding could entirely change the economics of vertical farming as we know them now.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Do we have a enough time and resources dedicated to innovate vertical farming and make it a scalable and sustainable climate change adaptation solution?

“Special Quote”
Agriculture and architecture have been intertwined since the dawn of human settlement, but in recent history, we’ve lost that connection. ‘Agritecture’ is about bringing that connection back and making it work for a modern society through smart planning and data-driven solutions.

Henry Gordon-Smith is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. Henry earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, coursework in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. In 2014, Henry responded to a global need for technology-agnostic guidance on urban agriculture by launching the advisory firm Agritecture Consulting which has now consulted on over 100 urban agriculture projects in over 30 countries.

Henry Gordon-Smith will speak at the 2021 edition of the Vertical Farming Conference.

Agritecture advises CEA suppliers, innovators, investors, and corporations through data-driven design, research, benchmarking, and strategy services. Agritecture Designer is the world’s first farm planning software.

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