What Urban Crop Solutions does seems to come right from a science fiction series. “We deliver solutions for indoor vertical farming,” explains founder Maarten Vandecruys. “When using our containers, or PlantFactories, you can fully regulate the climate conditions the crops are subject to. So, you no longer depend on external factors and weather conditions for growing crops. In short, no more waiting to see whether or not it will rain and – because the containers are sealed – no more pathogenic bacteria and plant disease to fight.
“The modular PlantFactories are especially useful in highly urbanized areas, as they take up little space and can be stacked,” adds global sales director Brecht Stubbe. “In addition, the solution currently offers some 220 cultivation processes that are scientifically backed. As such, they can automatically determine how much fertilizer and water is required for each type of crop, and define the ideal temperature, light intensity and color, irrigation, growing substrates, etc. What’s more, water is recycled on site. As a result, the PlantFactories only need about 5% of the water used in traditional agriculture.”