The future of farming

 
 
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Will we still need farmers in the (near) future
by Bart Soldaat - Tuesday, 10 February 2015, 8:23 PM
 

Last week I came across a news article about the world's largest indoor vertical farm, http://weburbanist.com/2015/01/11/worlds-largest-indoor-farm-is-100-times-more-productive/.

The statistics are mind blowing: 100 more productive per m2, 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields. And with LED lighting they can even adjust the taste of the food to everybody's personal taste. Want sweeter tomatoes, spicier salad? Just a few minor adjustments in the light spectrum and job done. Is this the future of food production? If so, we don't need farmers anymore, or do we?