The paradox of vertical farming

Artificial lighting saves land because plants can be grown above each other, but if the electricity for the lighting comes from solar panels, then the savings are canceled out by the land required to install the solar panels.

@neauoire on the other hand, electricity is a lot easier to move than plants so if you can put the panels out where density isn't a problem and the farms near the people needing the food, you're possibly still better off.

@ndpi You mean like installing panels around the equator to power the farms near the poles?


@neauoire that's pretty large scale! I was thinking put the panels a few tens-to-hundreds of kilometers outside of a city and the farms inside.

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