Why Vertical Farms Are the Key to The Perfect Omelette

A new way of life?

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You wake up. Hungry.
You want an omelette. Delicious mushrooms, spinach, obviously cheese, and some finely shopped onions.

Author provided. Midjourney.

Enthusiastically, you wash your face, your teeth — use the toilet and head to the kitchen — you open the fridge…and you have none of those ingredients.

So you dress up to your comfort level, head down to the lobby and decide to visit your local vertical garden shop. Fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions await you. And just across from it, some freshly farmed eggs and locally produced cheese— all of them grown and tended from the inside of the massive structure in the heart of the city you call home.

This is the vision I see for our future cities. One where farm to table is not luxurious concept reserved for a spread in some luxury magazine with pretty pictures of 5 star chef creations in the remote areas of the world where the wealthy frollick. Some may call it revolutionary, but I call it evolutionary — and the irony does not escape me that evolution has turned into something our ancestors use to do.

Author provided screenshot (note: it’s on a private island!)

But the reality is — what I am proposing isn’t how our ancestors did things. Our ancestors used acreages of land to produce the food they ate. I am suggesting that with 1 acre we produce 5 to 10 times more food. Maximizing our use of vertical space is key — now that we have all these amazingly “futuristic” technology.

Author provided. Midjourney.

The human has generated ways to control its environment. We can control our water consumption and control the amount of pesticides and herbicides, precisely delivering the required water and nutrients needed to grow the desired produce. We can reduce water waste and provide fresh food to regions with water scarcity and combat drought conditions caused by the ever changing weather.

So maybe the don’t do cheese in your building, but three buildings down they do. You…

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Architectural designer crafting well-researched articles envisioning the future of the built environment.