Dutch firm BrightBox has developed growth models for multilayer cultivation. Multilayer cultivation without natural sunlight enables crops to be grown unaffected by seasonal influences, climate and weather conditions.
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Researchers predict that, by 2050, the demand for food will be 70 per cent greater than it is today as the world's population will have reached 9 billion, and because global prosperity is rising and people are eating more, and differently. Around 80 per cent of the land that is suitable for agriculture is already in use. The climate is changing too; all around the world, crops are being lost to extreme weather conditions.
Sustainable urban farming
To secure global food supply in a highly efficient manner, BrightBox is a centre of expertise in the area of urban farming, where research is conducted by a variety of academic and industrial parties – Philips, Botany, HAS University of Applied Sciences – into optimal plant growth models. In these studies, conditions for optimising yield and quality are evaluated, such as light, air, temperature, nutrition, water and substrate. Applying these growth models can lead to higher cost-efficiency, faster cultivation, and higher quality products. With urbanisation steadily increasing, sources of food production need to be closer to market. BrightBox enables fresh, healthy and delicious fruit and vegetables to be grown close at hand, sustainably produced, without CO2 emissions and without the use of chemical pesticides.
Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.