Since time immemorial, the human race has slashed and burned its way through wilderness to fuel its rapacious growth.
Food, medicine and building materials have required more and more deforestation, with the resultant decline in biodiversity and rise in the emission of greenhouse gases. Finally, comprehension is dawning about the impact of climate change and environmental destruction, with renewed political focus on ensuring our way of life remains sustainable.
The only solution is one which dramatically reduces the land used in farming. As with so many existential challenges, the solution lies in innovation.
The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to localise supply chains and ensure our food security. Controlled environment agriculture is an essential tool in achieving this.
If the UK is to thrive in a competitive global marketplace for food, it needs to dramatically improve its production output and lead the world in agri-tech. Technologies like indoor farming — currently a relatively fledgeling industry, but one that has huge potential — open up the possibility of food self-sufficiency without ever more destructive land use.
But in order for indoor farming to make the leap…