In partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa Hortaliças), 100% Livre, a Brazilian vertical farm, managed to grow high numbers of wheat on its vertical farm.
This year, the experiment with wheat in a controlled environment has been a scientific, technical, and financial challenge for 100% Livre, which, in the 4th test with the cultivation of this grain, started in June this year, managed to double its productivity.
In real numbers, this means a production of 2.8 tons per hectare each cycle, which lasts three months. Thinking about four cycles per year and the 5 floors of the vertical farm, 100% Livre, with its current technology, has the potential to produce 112 tons of wheat per year. This is a result that exceeds the annual production of wheat in the field by 1000%, whose average harvest is 11 tons per year for each hectare of planting.
In addition to the numbers, the quality of the wheat is another relevant issue. In a controlled environment, 100% Livre is committed to producing better quality wheat without using pesticides or any agricultural protection. Furthermore, it is a product with 100% traceability, with all production and distribution processes, from raw materials to delivery to the consumer, closely monitored. Flour obtained from premium wheat has a lighter shade and is finer. The result is visible in the bread made from it, for example, which is softer, with a lighter crumb and smooth skin.
100% Livre's newest and most successful experiment, as the team says, shows that technology is the greatest hope for a safer future amid the uncertainties caused by global warming and climate change. As the largest and most productive vertical farm in Latin America, 100% Livre has stood out for its high yields and ability to diversify food production. Wheat is the newest to join this list.
"We started the study with wheat, as it is a growth that our country is dependent on imports and faces a challenge worldwide with the war in Ukraine. What surprised us was the productivity already achieved in less than 1 year of research. We are increasingly mastering this technology, and just as Brazil has become a giant in soybeans, I am sure that we will reach this milestone in indoor wheat production."