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Indoor farming- statistics & facts

Indoor farming is hardly a modern concept; it has existed in the form of greenhouses for centuries, but in recent years indoor farming has garnered new interest and popularity. It offers several distinct advantages to outdoor farming. Crops grown indoors are not as affected by bad weather; they are not limited to receiving light only during the daytime; and crops that traditionally could only be grown in certain parts of the world are now able to be grown practically anywhere. Indoor farming can surely have massive implications for the global food industry.

Global indoor farming market

The global value of indoor farming reached over 14 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 and is expected to grow over ten billion U.S. dollars by 2027 dollars. Among all innovations in the indoor farming industry, vertical farming is one of the most influential. Vertical farming is a method of indoor farming that involves stacking plants in vertical layers. It has been praised as a much more efficient use of space than traditional farming which uses massive areas of open land. Vertical farming could be implemented in major metropolitan areas, or even in shipping containers. North America and Europe have the largest markets for vertical farming, both valued at over 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Market segmentation

Aeroponics, aquaponics, and hydroponics are the largest technologies involved in vertical farming. In 2020, aeroponics and aquaponics together reached almost two billion U.S. dollars of revenue. Aeroponics is also the technology with the highest forecasted compound annual growth rate, at about 21 percent between 2020 and 2027. Although there are dozens of different crops grown in indoor vertical farms, fruits and vegetables are the most common, with about half of the vertical indoor farming market, followed by herbs and micro-greens.

LED grow lights

Indoor farming and vertical farming could be one of the new opportunities for the LED industry. LED grow lights are not restricted by the climate and are very beneficial for indoor farming offering a large amount of customization for farmers' specific needs with a low energy requirement. The LED grow light industry is forecast to grow to about 12 billion dollars value until 2030. The market is expected to grow fastest in the Asia-Pacific region, and between narrow and broad spectrum grow lights, the narrow segment held the majority of the global LED grow light market share in 2020, at 55 percent.

Interesting statistics

In the following 3 chapters, you will quickly find the 16 most important statistics relating to "Indoor farming".


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