This photo taken on September 20, 2016 at the Urbaine Crops society in Waregem shows lettuce being grown within a completely automated internal agricultural system with violet LED lighting. AFP / JOHN THYS
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It is a closed environment with no natural light.Under the artificial light the plants develop in a controlled environment, fed through a hydroponic system – water laced with the ideal mix of mineral salts and essential nutrients.According to Vandecruys the future of vertical farming is to expand to an industrial scale.In the Urban Crops lab, up to 220 mature lettuce plants are produced each day in a 30-square-meter room using just 5 percent of the water required in traditional agriculture.For Urban Crops the uses of its vertical farming technology are virtually boundless.
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