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Vertical farming adds new dimension to food production in Norfolk

A £25m proposal to build the world’s largest vertical farm has been unveiled potentially using the site on the Food Enterprise Park at Easton, on the outskirts of Norwich, reports the online magazine Anglia Farmer.

Green energy expert Tristan Fischer, chief executive of Fischer Farms, is behind the plans. His vision is to develop scalable and more sustainable food production by creating 25,000m of growing space – enough to supply 6.5t daily of leaf salad, including rocket and lettuce etc, leafy herbs and other fresh produce to UK supermarkets.

Fischer Farms has backing for the new Norfolk site from Gresham House – an asset management company specialising in investments which have a sustainable, positive impact.

Mr Fischer said the farm would employ, train and upskill the labour force. He added: “Fischer Farms is revolutionary, the future of farming, fresh food production and food supply chains in this country.

“Our plans use the very latest vertical farming innovations, pioneering technology and 100% renewable energy to enable us to farm more responsibly, sustainably and more productively in order to feed a growing population.”

Crops will be grown without using pesticides, herbicides or insecticides. vertical farm enables. “As our production process is strictly controlled, we will also be able to guarantee a consistently higher quality, fresher tasting end product.”

Mr Fischer said: “Vertical farming enables us to be much more productive using less space. We can grow the same amount of food in our four acre building that you would take 1,000 acres of conventional British farmland.

“Our produce will be grown locally in the UK; it will stay fresher for longer with no need to rinse; there are no traceability issues and we will slash food miles with our shorter ‘farm to fork’ times.”

“The volumes grown locally also mean we can produce food at price points comparable to field-grown crops and provide retailers with greater reliability of supply throughout the year, reducing reliance on food imports and creating potential for more local jobs.”

Mr Fischer added: “Food supply chains and our planet are both under enormous strain.

“The Fischer Farms vision is to change the world by working with nature 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to produce the freshest, safest and highest quality British-grown produce all year round in the most environmentally sustainable way.”

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