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Revolutionising Supply Chains: The Role of Vertical Farming in Sustainable Agriculture

Organisations across various industries are re-evaluating their supply chain practises, as the quest to build a sustainable future becomes more and more important. Agriculture is no exception.

‘Scope three emissions’ has emerged as a key metric for assessing and improving sustainability. But how can organisations make their supply chains more sustainable, and reduce their scope three emissions? One innovative solution is vertical farming.

Understanding Supply Chain Sustainability

What is supply chain sustainability? It refers to the environmental, social, and economic impact of an organisations entire supply chain – from sourcing raw materials, to production, distribution and consumption.

In 2020, 2.3 billion people were classified as ‘lacking year-round access to adequate food’ by the UN.[1] The world’s population is expected to rise from 7.7 billion, to 8.5 billion in 2030.[2]

With food insecurity already an issue, this is only set to rise unless we can create a more sustainable food supply chain.

This is where scope three emissions come in. These are indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of an organisation – including from the supply chain. These emissions can account for a significant portion of an organisations overall carbon footprint.

Conventional farming supply chains often involve long-distance transportation, intensive processes, and extensive resource use. This all contributes substantially to scope three emissions.

Vertical Farming: A Sustainable Solution

Vertical farms stack crops in vertically tiered layers, usually within controlled indoor environments. This method of growing has several advantages:

  • Resources Required: The vertical method of growing maximises space, allowing for larger yields in smaller spaces. This means there is more opportunity to build vertical farms within urbanised areas.
  • Energy Efficiency: Controlled indoor environments enable precise control of factors such as temperature, humidity, and lighting.
  • Scalability: The modular design of vertical farms allow them to be easily scaled up or down depending on the farm’s requirements. Additionally, new vertical farms can be established in different areas with ease, reacting to supply demand.
  • Carbon Efficiency: The shorter supply chains and reduced transportation distances further lower carbon emissions associated with food distribution.

Supply Chain Transformation and Collaboration

Building more sustainable supply chains within agriculture is a task that requires collaboration from a number of sources. From farmers, to stakeholders, retailers, and consumers – we all have a part to play.

At Oragen Group, we’re transforming our entire approach to farming through the innovation of vertical farming, to help the prospects for our planet and future generations.

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