Public Reflections on Vertical Farming in South Korea

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Vertical farms, which are considered a significant step for the agriculture to be made in the coming years, are gaining importance day by day and investments are directed in that direction. Güney Kore is one of these countries.

Only 16 percent of South Korea's land is devoted to farming. For this reason, alternative sites have been sought. An old tunnel was chosen for this purpose. Land for closed vertical farms was difficult to find due to high construction and infrastructure costs, but they cut construction costs in half by using this abandoned tunnel. This is about 120 miles south of Seoul. tünelwas built 48 years ago for one of South Korea's first major highways.

With this investment, the first indoor tunnel built in the tunnel vertical farm feature, a first was signed. At about 2.300 square feet, the farm is also a major investment, making it one of the largest farms in the country and in the world, half the size of an American football field.


Fruits and vegetables are illuminated only by neon pink led devices in a hydroponic, that is, soilless environment, without sunlight in vertically stacked layers. Sixty varieties of fruit and vegetables grow in optimum conditions using their own growing and harvesting systems. Of these, 42 are known to be approved as pesticides and non-GMO products.


It is stated that the tunnel provides temperatures between 10 and 22 degrees Celsius and could be an important factor in the development of sustainable agriculture in places such as Dubai and Israel where conditions are poor. Vertical farming can help address this challenge, facilitating the cultivation of high-value crops that are sensitive to temperature and other conditions. It is also seen as a potential solution to the destruction that is wreaking havoc on crops due to climate change-related extremes of hot or cold weather, and shortages of land and workers in countries with aging populations. Authorities maintain an optimized environment of temperature, humidity, light, carbon dioxide and micronutrients for each crop. It measures variables such as dust levels. The Ministry of Agriculture announced earlier this year that it will invest in agricultural development across the country, expanding the total area from 9,900 acres to 17.000 acres.

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