As the world population grows steadily toward its threshold, developing more sustainable, space conscious methods of food production has become a top priority.
For a time now, researchers have been investigating the possibilities of ‘vertical farming’, a practise by which the products of agriculture are grown in vertically stacked layers in order to maximise land space, negate the effects of variable climates on production and prevent the further degradation of global natural habitats.
For New Zealand, this system could be of monumental benefit, solving persisting issues with kiwi food production and providing a boon to the economy.
In her presentation at this years Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards, Rangiora student Eira Beverley-Stone broke down the complex science of vertical farming and offered it as the way forward in New Zealand’s agricultural future.