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Indoor ag isn’t here to replace traditional farms — it’s about more than that

Indoor and vertical farming might not replace traditional farms, but they bring their own unique benefits.​

Some crops grow particularly well indoors, and these are often ones that are best consumed as soon as possible after harvest - herbs, salad leaves and tomatoes, for example - which means they could be best suited to indoor farming near the point of consumption, freeing up farmland for crops that do better outdoors and cutting out transport. Indoor farming can be particularly efficient in terms of yield per unit area.

Read more here. See also the Foodsource resource How important is transport? and Michael Hamm’s blog post for the FCRN Feeding cities - with indoor vertical farms?

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North America

North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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