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CAN-Agri shines new light on currently held vertical farming principles

François van der Merwe, CEO of CAN-Agri, has some innovative ideas about today’s vertical farms. He and his business partner Gideo van der Merwe developed a truly vertical crop production system that requires hardly any artificial light.

“The truly sustainable vertical farm of the future shouldn’t be a compromise. The power of natural sunlight is essential,” says François van der Merwe, CEO of CAN-Agri. François has some innovative ideas about today’s vertical farms: “As I see it, most ‘vertical farms’ are not actually vertical. They are made up of horizontal layers that have been stacked vertically, and the top layer blocks out the sun for the layers below. It’s a crying shame that we don’t make optimal use of the power of natural sunlight.” That realization prompted François and his business partner Gideo van der Merwe to develop a truly vertical crop production system that requires hardly any artificial light. They have rotated the traditionally horizontal layers through 90 degrees. François: “This allows each plant to get the necessary light from a naturally occurring source: the sun.”
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