Could shipping containers solve the world food crisis?
Perhaps solving a food crisis is a bit of an exaggeration. However, some farmers have started using shipping containers in order to grow food all year round.
Shipping containers provide a unique opportunity to create the conditions for growing whatever crop you might want to. You can control the water temperature, the amount UV light, and all the other elements necessary to successfully grow food.
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In extreme weathers where there’s too much cold to grow certain crops, a controlled environment with proper insulation can turn a shipping container into the perfect farm for tropical fruit, even if you are in Montana. And it can work exactly the same the other way around, in hot weathers where it’s too difficult to grow certain crops like cherries, blueberries or raspberries a shipping container farm can be used to solve the problem.
The beauty of shipping container farms is that they can be either DIY or bought ready to use. Some of them you get to work on from scratch, you can design them, engineer them, develop them and adequate them for farming purposes; for others it’s just buy a container farm, have it installed at their property and download an app to control the environment inside the container to promote the growth of specific crops.
Shipping container farming is a new trend, and although it still in its early stages, there are many benefits and positive implications for urban settlements, domestic farmers and society in general, as these could be a solution to food shortages if more people start growing their own food and trading locally with other farmers, which could also boost the economy.