ISRAEL - Vertical Farms Grow Crops in Parking Lot

Arno Froese

An Israeli agri-tech start-up has created vertical farms in urban environments, allowing for fresh produce to be grown in cities.

The farms come with a number of advantages over traditional farming. It’s container-like nature provides a controlled growing environment, ensuring more sterility and keeping it safe from bugs and therefore not needing pesticides. It also allows for automated crop management, which limits human contact and allows for consistent quality. 

Furthermore, it also produces less waste, as well as a 90% decrease in the amount of water needed. 

But perhaps most importantly, it isn’t limited by traditional seasons for produce, with all crops being “in season” year-round, having shorter overall growing cycles and longer shelf lives.

And, by growing produce locally, it also reduces wasted emissions in the supply chain.

The development builds off of Vertical Fields’s successes in 2019, where it was recognized among the top start-ups to watch by Silicon Review and World Smart City.

The development of these vertical farms comes at the perfect time, with the coronavirus pandemic cutting off the produce supply chain on both local and global levels. And with the population still growing, and projected by some to reach 10 billion in around 30 years, the need to maintain a sustainable source of fresh produce has become a mounting concern.

-www.jpost.com, 28 October 2020

Arno's commentary

This is another step toward independence from God. No rain, no sunshine, no drought, no frost will hinder farm production; yes, even in a parking lot. 

Indeed, mankind has come a long way from the curse God placed upon Adam. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:17-19).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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