Switzerland: Vertical farming on the rise

"Our cycle is CO2 negative"

In these times of overpopulation, climate change, and resource scarcity, vertical farming is an obvious solution. Crops can be planted year-round thanks to new technologies. Zurich-based startup Umami is betting on vertical farming; it has developed its own cycle for its microgreens and herbs, which it supplies to retailers like Coop and Migros as well as restaurants. The company even uses fish. "Our cycle is CO2 negative. We produce O2 but haven't managed to capture it yet," co-founder Dennis Weinberg tells 20Minutes.

Insight into Yasai's vertical farming facility.

Zurich-based startup Yasai also grows herbs - such as peppermint and basil - at a facility in Niederhasli. Cilantro and dill are soon to follow, and berries will also be planted this way in the future. "Through vertical farming, you can grow more with less. Specifically, up to two hundred times more herbs and leafy greens per square foot," says CEO and co-founder Mark Zahran on the company's blog. Yasai says its facility is currently the largest for vertical farming in Switzerland.

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