Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation has pledged to cut the agriculture sector’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero within 20 years, with Chief Executive Tony Mahar citing the risk of adopting ‘a passive approach’ to combating climate change.
The ACT’s first vertical farm installation has landed at Canberra’s Ginninderry development, a 6-star Green Star Community west of Belconnen.
As British farmers struggle to provide fresh food for the UK’s citizens, grappling with labour shortages and complex export supply chains, vertical farm facilities are attracting increasing interest.
Big brands can no longer rely on their heavyweight clout for food business success in Australia, with consumers and retailers increasingly attracted to smaller ‘underdog’ start-ups, which they perceive to be more innovative.
“It is cellular agriculture that will enable us one day to eat meat without having to kill an animal,” says recently arrived UNSW Professor Johannes le Coutre, who will lead the university’s research into this exciting emerging field.