Earth & Environment

How can we reduce our agricultural carbon footprint?

The world’s first pilot production system of a vertical farming system was installed at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in 2009.

In the video below, the Curator of Plants and Gardens at Paignton Zoo Kevin Frediani and Research Manager Joanna Bayley, discuss reducing the carbon footprint of lettuce and other crops using the vertical farming system by VertiCrop. The system effectively increases the land mass available from between 20 to 40 times more depending on what crop is being grown, and uses only 10% of the amount of water required compared to traditional agricultural methods.

Paignton Zoo has a good application of this experimental technology; growing very specific crops for a special purpose – to feed their animals.