The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a light on the issues facing the global food supply chain. The Canadian company Local Leaf Farms is trying to solve these problems with a new vertical farming facility. With vertical farming, produce is grown in a climate-controlled warehouse using artificial intelligence and advanced agricultural techniques. These grow houses are close to densely populated areas, which cut down on transportation costs and provide the community with fresh produce year-round. Also, Local Leaf Farms is educating its consumers by allowing full traceability of their produce, from the moment they are planted to the moment they are on the dinner table.
- Local Leaf Farms is a new Canadian business trying to capitalize on the need for sustainable food during COVID-19.
- In Canada most food travels around three thousand kilometres before reaching consumers.
- Another advantage Local Leaf Farms brings to the table with it’s vertical growing farms is the lack of need for migrant workers.
“This journey can take up to two weeks, and can cause produce to lose up to 70% of its nutritional value – not to mention the impact on its taste, texture and flavour.”