Ketil Stoknes at TEDxDrammen

Rewilding indoor farming

Ketil Stoknes is a biologist and ecologist from the University of Oslo, Norway. He's well established in the waste industry and just obtained his PhD in microbiology: Circular Food.

He recently joined TEDxDrammen to talk about how we can rewild indoor farming. During the talk he said, “If you want to run a business of producing something, food for instance. You must be able to focus hard on the product, maximizing the output yield and reducing the input costs." 

"Now, vertical farms inside cities are being proposed as a solution to increasing food production while sparing natural ecosystems," says Ketil. "We solve the problems by using the same kind of thinking as we used when we created them: we go for highly engineered simple systems of mineral inputs and plants. Walking around inside with protective suits to avoid the introduction of nature, we think we can simplify plant production down to finding the right wavelength of LED lights. Such an indoor farm looks to me like a wheat field put inside on shelves. Where did the circular economy go…?”

Click on the video below to watch Ketil's Tedx talk.

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