Vertical farms can help produce food close to urban areas, but plant factories require a staggering amount of energy.
But the broader agricultural world can learn much from how those operations use data.
From high-tech indoor farms in France and Singapore to mobile apps connecting urban growers and eaters in India and the United States, here are more than a dozen initiatives using tech, entrepreneurship, and social innovation to change urban agriculture.
The island-state imports most of its food, but is threatened by crop yields and policy changes around the world.
Cuba offers interesting lessons for how to develop urban agriculture, including government-allocated land and agroecological methods that deliver high yields and diverse crops in small spaces.
Here are some of the promising ventures being backed by the likes of Tyson, Campbell Soups and Danone.
LED-powered vertical farms will generate $6 billion by 2023 — and change the way Americans eat for the first time since WWII.
To harvest water from the air, NexLoop seeks to pilot its AquaWeb prototypes with urban farms and greenhouses.
Cannabis companies are hiring agriculture experts to grow newly legal businesses, but pitfalls such as organic labeling and big energy bills loom large.
Dreaming Out Loud's new farm hopes to provide jobs, business incubation and more in a city ward that has often been overlooked.