Net Zero Festival: Vertical farming - food for thought in a net zero world?

Michael Holder
clock • 1 min read

VIDEO: In the first of three Glimpses reports looking at potential net zero gamechangers, BusinessGreen looks at the role for vertical farming in delivering a more sustainable food system

One of the most devastating and direct ways in which the climate crisis impacts on society is on our food and farming system: water scarcity, drought and soil degredation are just a few of the problems that are being exacerbated by the planet's rising temperatures. Meanwhile, our unsustainable food production system is also a major contributor to climate change, accounting for around a quarter of humanity's greenhouse gas emissions.

But the demand for change from consumers, policymakers and businesses is growing, as shoppers seek greater transparency over where their food comes from, and more and more people cut down on their meat and dairy intake.

As a result, businesses are being forced to respond in increasingly innovative ways. In the first of three of 'Glimpses' videos produced for the world's first Net Zero Festival last week, BusinessGreen takes a look at the challenges facing the food and farming system, and also visits Vertical Future, a company developing indoor farming technologies that could be set to play an increasingly integral role in the future net zero economy.

 

All of the panel debates, keynote speeches, and presentations from the world's first Net Zero Festival - which took place over three days from 30 September featuring hundreds of top speakers from business, politics and academia - are now available to watch again on demand through the Net Zero Festival website.

More on Net Zero Now

Credit: Beyond Meat

Could a more standardised approach to eco-labelling drive greener food choices?

First-of-its-kind study finds plant-based food has far smaller environmental impact than meat and dairy – but argues consumers need clearer information if they are to make the switch

Michael Holder
clock 09 August 2022 • 5 min read
Swansea retrofit programme hails 100 home milestone

Swansea retrofit programme hails 100 home milestone

Pobl Group has completed retrofitting works on the first 100 homes of a wider 650 home project that aims to deliver dramatic improvements in energy efficiency

clock 09 August 2022 • 3 min read
Home Depot announces sustainability fixes across its business

Home Depot announces sustainability fixes across its business

US DIY retail giant publishes annual ESG Report, detailing how it has cut electricity usage by 50 per cent across its portfolio since 2010

clock 09 August 2022 • 2 min read