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Association for Vertical Farming Summit 2016
June 13, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
The AVF Summit 2016 is taking place on June 13th in Amsterdam at the RAI convention center.
Vertical farming has the potential to make this planet a healthier place and simultaneously contribute to a stronger economy. However, overcoming the many challenges the industry faces and repairing the planet’s ecosystems requires a departure from the status quo. During the AVF Summit 2016 we will investigate how circular economies can address these challenges and hence, yield true sustainability for vertical farming.
Circular economy is a broad term for an industrial economy that produces no waste or pollution. It is regenerative by design, replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration, and shifts towards the use of renewable energy and resources. In a circular economy, there are two types of material flows:
- Biological nutrients: designed to reenter the biosphere safely
- Technical nutrients: which are designed to circulate at high quality in the production system without entering the biosphere
The Vertical Farming Challenges
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Vertical farming is a technology that inherently has many positive attributes. Yet, to be truly ecologically sustainable, the issues of high energy and resource usage must be addressed. It is paramount that we move away from our wasteful linear economy and towards a more circular one.
On the other hand, it is also important for businesses to be financially sustainable, address market needs & prices, understand regulations & policy, find innovative distribution models, and overcome the worldwide shortage of experienced and skilled vertical farming labourers.
A global network of vertical farmers has united to form the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) to collectively find solutions for these challenges.