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New Bedford vertical farm to help food security - minister

 

 

An agriculture minister said she expected indoor farms to "play a large part in the future" of farming.

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Jo Churchill MP made the comment at the opening of a vertical farm in Bedford, which is one of the largest in Europe.

The facility - Infarm - which measures 10,000 sq m (2.5 acres) in size, has the capacity to grow millions of crops each year in tall units without soil.

The company said the farm used 95% less water than traditional farming methods and no chemical pesticides.

Ms Churchill, Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, said indoor farms, growing food using the hydroponic method, would play an important role in helping UK food security and sustainability.

Under the method, plants are fed directly with mineral nutrients in water, often under artificial light.

The minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation, said: "This is innovation, we have the traditional but we also have this high-tech development.

"The world needs food, so actually finding better and diverse ways to deliver that, both to the customer, there is space for everybody to produce optimally.

"This is definitely going to play a large part in the future."

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