New company Urban Barns claims its system “is the highest-density mechanized machine in vertical farming we’ve seen in the world.”
When I first read that, I wanted to learn more immediately. It’s a bold claim, but it’s one that I’d be hesitant to validate. It also begs the question as to whether or not mechanization, as an end unto itself, is even necessarily a good thing. The bottom line is that success of a vertical farm is going to be determined by the ratio of inputs to outputs. Mechanization is only beneficial if it improves that ratio.