Advocating for & facilitating the growing of Soy in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
& Vertical Farming (VF)
There are a number of good reasons to grow soy in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).
Firstly, there is the power to drastically reduce the land and resource impact of growing this major world crop.
Then there is also the fact that, if we can figure out how to vertically farm soy, with all the cost and economic challenges, we can do it with anything!
The Problems With Current Soy Growing
Land use, deforestation, biodiversity loss, pesticides, fungicides, fertiliser run-off & aquatic dead zones, soil damage, carbon emissions, loss of ecosystem services, social & community harms... the list of problems associated with conventional mass-scale monocultural farming of commodity crops is both long and deeply worrying.
It's clear that things can't continue as they have done up to now. Whilst efforts are being made to reduce these harms in a variety of ways, the potential role of vertically farmed soy has not been adequately considered - which is what we want to change!
But that's not enough...
Just growing soy in VF, though a brilliant idea, is not going to be enough to do the job - there's a whole bunch of other stuff we're going to have to do as well! See below for some examples of that