06: Vertical Farming - Discussing chances & limitations with UrbanOasis founder Albert Payaró
Updated: Apr 7
Albert Payaró Llisterri is a 30-year old born and raised in Barcelona. After 2 years in the Polytechnical University of Catalonia he moved abroad to study Materials Engineering in France
After France he lived in Germany, Norway and Sweden. In 2017 he started his entrepreneurial journey with UrbanOasis. Passion for sustainability, entrepreneurship, personal development & basketball/climbing.
We will talk about what vertical farming is, what are the chances but also the limitations and how tech can accelerate the whole industry.
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In this episode we are addressing the following questions:
Can you please explain to my listeners what vertical farming is?
Which problem does it solve?
What are the limitations of vertical farming in terms of products, space, location, etc.?
I have seen very different models of vertical farming - for personal garden size, containerized or giga farms. Which form is suitable for which countries or which usage?
What is the green premium of Vertical farming products? When will it come to discounter level?
Does it really reduce CO2 emissions? How is the water consumption compared to land grown?
Explain what is the difference between your model and “classic” vertical farming companies?
Why is the vertical farming industry still so small?
What can you do as an individual or as business owner change to be more sustainable?
Great quotes from the episode by Albert:
"Vertical Farming is a group of technologies which allows us to grow crops indoors, in vertically stacked layers"
"For leafy greens, it's like a greenhouse on steroids. Vertical farming is like multiple greenhouses stacked on top of each other"
"You can grow without any pesticides or herbicides, half of the amount of water you would use in a greenhouse, and 95% of the water you would use in an outdoor field"
"It's as if you are creating a plant paradise"
" We want to be producing huge amounts of products and making vertical farming a staple of agriculture "
" You can produce leafy greens with four times less carbon emissions if you do it in a vertical farm as opposed to open field farming "