According to indoor farming company LettUs Grow, “Indoor farming could be used to help the UK prepare for climate chaos.”
The company points out that a recent report by the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought, and that farming in the UK is likely to be hit hard by worsening weather conditions. ‘2020 saw the worst harvest on record for around 25 years, due to bad weather,’ said the company on its website. ‘Unpredictable and extreme events dramatically affect yields and cause many thousands of pounds worth of loss both for the farmer, consumers and in food waste.
‘We are seeing the effects of extreme weather in other countries too, with heat waves in Canada destroying fruit crops. Climate disasters in other countries can also affect our supply chains. Britain imports just under half of all food consumed and over 75% of fruit and vegetables. This means that our food security is left vulnerable if weather events affect crops overseas or travel via sea or sky.’
LettUs Grow believes more needs to be done to protect farmers and the food supply in the UK. ‘Investment in controlled environment agriculture including vertical farms and greenhouses in the UK on a variety of scales could secure harvests all year round, whilst also providing predictable income for those growing,’ it said.
The company wants to see government policy that approves, encourages and incentivises indoor farming technologies should be key to future-proofing agriculture in the UK. ‘The benefits that indoor farming could bring to our food security and environmental footprint could be realised much sooner with action to incorporate this technology into the UK’s farming standards, initiatives and legislation,’ it continued.
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