“The farms of the future are far from the picturesque and romanticized multi-crop farms of days past, as are the modern corporate-conventional farms of the present. Modern conventional agriculture is supported by farms characterized by vast areas of land, earthed with monoculture crops, watered by irrigation systems, with rows of crops that allow vehicles to harvest and maintain the crops. In those systems, technology is already being utilized to ensure maximum production from that land use. But is that enough? With additional technology borrowed from multiple existing industries, plant scientists, engineers, and other specialized parties have developed an even more efficient system.
From the outside, the farm of the future will appear as a compact building, fully enclosed and can be monitored remotely by plant scientists and engineers. These technically skilled individuals will eventually still be call farmers. The future farm can be called by several names: plant factory, vertical farm, or indoor farm. The plant factories of the future are run using high-end robotic automation, are data-driven, and uses augmented intelligent supported systems in a fully enclosed environment. The plant factory is supported and fueled by 100 percent renewable energy from local sources.
It may sound scary, but the outcome is nature in its most pure form. Imagine, a fresh fruit or vegetable, clean as it can be, free of pesticides, and full of aromas and nutrients, with a drastically lower water footprint; because the only water lost during farming, is that which is inside of the plant when harvested. Futuristic plant factories are completely sheltered from the outside world, protected from unpredictable weather, animals, and insects (who can carry diseases).”