Business and sustainability are becoming increasingly linked as innovative companies begin to focus on our carbon footprint and potential contribution to the environment. At the same time, the world’s population is growing rapidly, and especially in urban areas, leaving cities in need of creative solutions for feeding all of those people.
Plantagon, a Swedish food-tech company, is currently developing what they believe to be the future of farming: enormous office buildings which combine work spaces and giant indoor vegetable farms. The first of such structures is being built in Linkoping, Sweden.
According to experts, the building will operate hydroponically, which means that the plants will grow without soil. Instead, they will be based in a water solution which is enriched with the nutrients the plants need to flourish. Plantagon has said that the farm will be mostly automated, to cut back on operational costs.
According to Plantagon CEO Hans Hassle, the generate more food while using less land and water than an outdoor farm of the same size, while saving 1,100 tons of CO2 emissions and 13 million gallons of water each year.
The tower will feature a wide range of office spaces, conference rooms and eateries, as well as a market where people can shop for fresh vegetables. The farm will also supply produce directly to local restaurants and other food retailers.
Plantagon has designed similar buildings in other shapes, in hopes of appealing to cities all over to world.