Can high-tech urban agriculture reduce Singapore’s dependence on imports? | FT Food Revolution

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We are now in a very perfect storm.

We are vulnerable to external shocks and power outages.

Attitudes toward food and food security have changed dramatically here.

It is one of the smallest and most populous countries in the world. With only 1% of its surface area for food development, the high-rise metropolitan area looks like a farming center unlike Singapore. But that is what it means to create new indoor farms in crowded suburbs.

With an average of 162 square feet[162 sq m]of vertebrae, it is said that more than 10 tons of vegetables can be grown each year.

Innovation is the key to technology, not just growth. It’s really about growing up competently.

He is one of 260 producers in a campaign to boost the government’s food security and agricultural technology using some growth-enhancing artificial lighting.

For vertical indoor, controlled areas Home farming, one of the things we do is look for unused or dead areas.

Outdoor spaces are also being rebuilt. Frequent assets, such as high school, have been cleared to produce and promote home-grown food. City Sprouts covers an area of ​​9,000 square meters and aims to make city residents interested and involved in sustainable food and agriculture. Hobby farmers share with potential growers.

Before you can start farming, you need to be a field farmer to show conceptual proof before you can become a licensed farmer. So, we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground.

A.D. Launched in 2019, the Singapore government has set a 30 by 30 policy goal to increase the country’s food demand by 3030 by 2030.

In the 60’s and 70’s, Singapore moved away from the agricultural community and imported from neighboring Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Food security is a big issue for us. Currently, our local food production accounts for less than 10 percent of our food needs.

As long as supply chains are working, Singapore can buy food. However, the shock and declining prices in relatively affluent countries have led to the emergence of supermarket shelves quickly.

We are vulnerable to external shocks and power outages. For example, climate change, epidemics, geopolitical instability.

Ukraine, one of the world’s major sources of wheat and edible oil, has put more pressure on supply chains and global food prices, with a sharp increase in 2022.

It is a terrible time to rely on imported food products. In recent years we have had a wave of security measures. These steps began with the CVD-19 epidemic. Now everything has become worse hell because of the conflict in Ukraine.

Singapore has secured trade agreements and food options in more than 170 countries. However, $ 105 million has been allocated to expand business opportunities, including urban agriculture, alternative proteins and food security.

I think the realization is that even though we can buy 90% or 70 percent of the food, we can sometimes produce ourselves. Interruptions occur. Government policy is not about 30 percent production, but about 30 percent of our food needs. And this explains why one of the focus areas is alternative proteins because proteins are so nutritious that they contribute more to weight gain than nutrition.

Singapore will be the first country to approve laboratory meat for sale in 2020, and said Singapore will support alternative proteins. But any local food production can be expensive.

We typically charge premium for imported crops, just as there are many different reasons for spending. We are in a terrible storm right now – high energy costs, high material costs, high labor costs.

Such costs make domestic production up to four times more expensive than conventional production. But that could eventually change.

With more innovation, with the adoption of technology, farming will become more efficient, which will strengthen the farms in Singapore. And prices are just starting to get balanced.

There are so many plans in Singapore. And there is no guarantee of success.

Singapore’s efforts seem to be at least somewhat new in my mind. And there is always the risk that some things will cost you something, but others will not. And because Singapore is a rich country, I think there is a need to rely only on imports instead of closing the gap.

But again, Singapore is no stranger to innovation. A.D. Beginning in the 1960s, under the auspices of the ruling government, it was transformed from an island with no natural resources to a prosperous city-state in eastern Monaco. If successful, the plan to transition from imported consumers to high-tech and high-tech food production could be another economic miracle.

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