According to a joint press release, more than 20 vertical farming companies have signed what they say is the premier vertical farming manifesto and identity. Signed at the World Vertical Farming Congress in Brussels, the manifesto, they say, sets “clear and bold industry standards”.
The signatory companies are as follows: 80 Acres, AeroFarms, Bowery, Crop One, CubicFarms, Elevate Farms, Fifth Season, Fischer Farms, Freight Farms, Infarm, Infinite Acres, Jones Food Company, Kalera, La Grangette, Ljusgårda, N.THING, Plenty, Stacked Farm, Urban Crop Solutions, Urban Harvest, Vertical Future, YesHealth Group and ZipGrow.
“We believe that everyone deserves access to sustainably grown produce that gives back more to our planet than we need,” said Katie Seawell, chief commercial officer of Bowery. are proud to unite as an industry to build a transparent, agile and resilient global food supply chain so consumers know where and how their food is grown.”
“Indoor vertical farming will – and must – transform our food system. For this to happen, we need to work together as an industry to align around a common vision and standards,” said Dana Worth, Senior Vice President of Commerce at Plenty. “We look forward to working with other industry players and our key stakeholders to set these standards and deliver products that are great for consumers, profitable for retailers, and good for the planet.”
“As a purpose-driven company, we have always led and advocated for change in current food systems,” said Erez Galonska, CEO of Infarm, according to the release. “Coming together as an industry and collectively expressing our shared values in a common identity and manifesto is truly powerful. Together we can truly make a difference and this is just the beginning. Infarm is proud to work with industry peers on a new food system.”
The full manifesto can be read online here and the identity here.
“The planet is under pressure,” the identity reads. “The consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and natural resource depletion are clear. Providing food for all as the world’s population continues to grow to 10 [billion] by 2050 in a resource-efficient way is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity.”
“Current food systems cannot meet the ever-increasing demand and guarantee reliable access to food. We believe that vertical farming can make an important contribution to the transformation of our food systems and their sustainability. By decoupling the destruction of food production ecosystems through technology means we are reimagining agriculture from the ground up and being part of the solution to one of humanity’s toughest challenges, while reducing the negative impact on the planet.”