Since much of the world’s population has migrated to urban areas, food insecurity in these metropolitan areas is a possibility. By 2050, as many as 70% of the world’s population is expected to be part of the urban population. If food supplies to urban areas are cut off due to drought, flooding, disasters or political conflicts, these urban centers could face food shortages. Why not re-locate or supplement agriculture to metropolitan regions? This is exactly what Plantagon is doing in Sweden.
Plantagon’s technology for industrial indoor and urban cultivation is a response to the need for new solutions for sustainable food production that can provide for the growing urban population around the world while maximizing the use of unused urban spaces. Cultivation takes place in a controlled environment without any forms of chemical pesticides. Plantagon® CityFarm saves 99 percent of water consumption compared with traditional agriculture and carbon dioxide emissions are reduced to almost zero, while 70 percent of the energy used is reused to heat the offices in the DN House. By saving and reusing resources, production costs are significantly reduced.
In combining Agriculture, Technology, and Architecture, they have developed what they call AGRITECHTURE. The goal of this new technology is to meet the demands of urban areas by producing food within these areas instead of the traditional way of producing food and importing or transporting it through a complex supply chain that has too many vulnerabilities.
Plantagon is in the process of implementing the world’s first energy-smart underground space with plans to replicate this in nine more office buildings in Stockholm and ten more in additional areas in Sweden. Funding for the first indoor farm was successfully raised through crowdsource funding, indicating the support and belief in the concept by locals.
An interesting and innovative company in its technology and services, the organization structure of Plantagon is equally innovative. Here is their philosophy:
EQUITY FOR SEVEN GENERATIONSPlantagon implemented an alternative organizational model striving to balance economic forces and social responsibility. We call it the Companization. Now, we invite 100 000 individuals to this community, sharing necessary risk in innovations for a sustainable future.