In recent years, indoor agriculture has allowed for faster crop growth and more efficient use of resources in areas where conservation is critical. New advancements in technology have allowed indoor farming to not only become easier but also more cost-effective, leading some to even use indoor growing methods within their own homes.
LED And Indoor Farming Technology
As LED technology advances and becomes more readily available, more and more farming and agricultural operations are moving indoors. LED light technology has now reached a point where they can change how plants grow, when they flower, how they taste and even their levels of vitamins and antioxidants. This amount of control over the growth of crops has allowed farmers to move more of their operations into high-tech indoor agricultural spaces.
Benefits Of Indoor Farming
Compared to standard agricultural practices, indoor farming can be incredibly beneficial to both the communities it takes place in and the environment as a whole. One of the main advantages of indoor agriculture is its higher yield compared with conventional farming, due to the high degree of control over the growing process and the fact that crops can be grown year round. Additionally, indoor agriculture allows farming to take place in communities that otherwise might suffer from a lack of available fresh food, such as in urban areas like Detroit, now home to several non-profit and for-profit urban farms.
Indoor Growing On The Rise
As technology becomes more affordable, more people are actively including indoor agricultural techniques in their homes. IKEA has even recently launched a series of indoor growing units, allowing consumers to grow their own select vegetables for incredibly low prices. The company has recently suggested that they intend to continue releasing products and working with designers to promote indoor agriculture.
As technology continues to advance, it is likely we will see more of this new and innovative type of farming worldwide. Indoor agriculture is becoming increasingly affordable and available to more people than ever before. What this means for the overall agricultural and farming industries, however, remains to be seen.