We are operating in an era of profound changes in climate, technology, and mass urbanization. Changes that are rapidly causing a shift towards more transparent and sustainable food production. As people increasingly migrate to the world’s urban centers, often far from where their food is produced, the delivery and demand for fresh produce have taken a heavy toll on our planet and on the quality, diversity and nutrition of produce readily available to people every day.
Industrial farming was designed to produce the largest volume of food at the lowest cost, to feed a rapidly growing population. Large-scale agriculture led to soil degradation, water waste, and plant diseases that require the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. A globalized urban population with an insatiable craving for exotic and non-regional produce further fuelled this faulty system. Food was no longer farmed locally, instead it was flown in from countries located thousands of kilometers away, where warmer climates and cheaper labor made food production more economical. We believe that this is our current food system’s biggest failing: it is too far removed from the people it is trying to feed.
At infarm we are redesigning the entire food supply chain from start to finish. Instead of building large-scale farms in hard-to-reach rural locations, optimising on a specific yield, and then distributing the produce, we are distributing our farms themselves. Farming directly where we live and eat. Designed to effortlessly plug into the city’s existing infrastructure, our modular farms can be stacked to fit any given space and demand. With farms taking root in supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and distribution centres throughout the city, we are laying the foundation for a new urban food system. A food system built on transparency and quality.
Because the closer we get to the source of our food the better it is for us and for our planet.