The goal of this thesis is to evaluate the concept of vertical farming methods as sustainable for effective food production and analyse the case of AeroFarms, a leading vertical farming company. In this research, vertical farming's future as a viable food production strategy is investigated. This thesis aims to examine the pros and cons of vertical farming as a possible answer to critical agricultural and environmental problems. This study gives insights into the broader implications of vertical farming by investigating AeroFarms' innovative methods and their influence on sustainability, resource efficiency, and local food production.
The study aims to understand the effects of vertical farming on sustainable food production, efficiency, and profitability. To analyze the benefits, limitations, and opportunities connected with vertical farming and its implementation in the AeroFarms business model, the analysis employs a combination of literature research, value chain analysis, business canvas model, and SWOT analysis.
Finally, this study looks at the environmental impact of each agricultural method, taking into consideration factors like pesticide use, soil deterioration, and carbon emissions. It explores how the regulated environment and pesticide-free methods of Aero Farms lead to a lower environmental effect when compared to traditional farming. The study also assesses the potential benefits of vertical farming in terms of water conservation, soil deterioration reduction, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.