Sponsored content: Indoor farms can use less energy, water, and land than traditional farming methods and may be a big part of our future food system Tomatoes growing in Agro-Inwest’s greenhouse, Russia (Photo: Signify) Significant changes in sustainable agriculture need to be made as our population rises and puts pressure on global food security. By 2050, there will be another 2 billion people on the planet. In the same period, total food demand will increase by 70% and, without responsible choices, this will present further environmental challenges. The global food system accounts for about one quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, consumes the majority of all freshwater, and is the leading cause of deforestation. Sustainable alternatives need to be considered to make sure there is enough safe and affordable food and using artificial lights in horticulture may be one such solution. Grow lights can either supplement natural daylight or replace it entirely and using them creates a controlled farming environment often in places previously unsuitable for growing food – this produces a wealth of benefits including the ability to fine-tune quality and increase yield. They also, and perhaps more importantly, reduce environmental impacts like the need for land, […]

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