Modern innovation has made its way into the agricultural industry, specifically in urban communities more than ever before. The introduction of modern farming, also known as ‘vertical farming, has increased in popularity as new generations appeal to more sustainable lifestyles.
In comparison, traditional open field farming is known to cause about 24% of gas emission, thus contributing to a large-scale carbon footprint. High concentrations of carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide (manure) can cause headaches, nausea, eye irritations or dizziness when in contact. While indoor farming, which grows food in a greenhouse under a controlled environment, reduces the amount of gas emission into the air significantly.
Generally, farmers and similar industry professionals are more vulnerable to airborne illnesses as they are frequently exposed to the air pollutants, chemicals, and gases – whether natural or otherwise.
Quality of air is highly important when growing food, cannabis or even raising cattle – both indoors and out; however, when in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse – the quality of the air and the effects on its inhabitants can be controlled. If mismanaged the pollutants lingering in the air can also be absorbed by the soil and eventually consumed. By monitoring air quality in indoor farming, spoilage of perishables can be prevented as well as contained preventing contamination and/or infection alike.
Cannabis, a growing industry also utilizes indoor farming to optimize the best growth for the plants. The marijuana plant needs to grow in an environment with stability and a clean air supply.
Air quality is important in cannabis plants because it can prevent against airborne threats. Heat and moisture can contribute to mold or powdery mildew, which is a harmful plant infection that can cause health related issues. In addition, frequent air quality checks for cannabis plants can prevent these financial and physical devastation. As well as providing consumers the best quality of the cannabis plant. By avoiding aerosols, pesticides or even products with fumes can further prevent occupants’ irritations or sickness when remaining indoors. “Green” or sustainable systems and products, such as CleanAirZone (CAZ) that are both environmentally friendly but protects the crop and farmers are imperative. CAZ prevents airborne illnesses by 99.9% – the most compelling and accurate air filtration system on the market to date.
For indoor farming to remain successful and operate in the long run, air quality should be emphasized to maximize the best quality products produced in these sustainable farms. Including preventions to combat against carbon foot printing and allowing the new generation to breathe clearly again.